Actor Vince Vaughn this week described himself as a conservative who identifies with former Rep. Ron Paul, Republican of Texas.
"I do, yeah," Vaughn, who stars in the new "Delivery Man" movie, told comedian-actor Adam Carolla on Friday, according to Mediaite.
"I mean, I'm very supportive of Ron Paul, but I've always been, you know, more conservative than not,” Vaughn said.
Paul, 78, retired from Congress last year after first being elected in 1976. He is the father of Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul and has run for president three times.
Vaughn, 43 — whose movies also include "Wedding Crashers," "Rudy," and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" — then explained his position.
"I think that what you come, as you get older, you just get less trust in the government running anything," he began. "And then, you start to realize when you really go back and look at the Constitution and the principles of liberty, the real purpose of government is to protect the individual's right to sort of think and pursue what they have interest in.
"And that when you start drawing the lines, saying, as a society, we think this is inappropriate, we're going to pass laws to protect them from themselves and or take things away to protect themselves or move money from here to there, that you realize that you wake up with corruption and without the unintended consequences you’ll wake up with a lot of problems that didn’t exist prior."
When asked how Hollywood friends responded to his views, Vaughn told Carolla: "I think there can be sort of a bias against people who don't agree with what’s popular."
But in his conversations, Vaughn said he thinks people "kind of understand where I stand. And I can disagree with people but not have it be at the forefront of all conversations."
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