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Richard Dreyfuss: I Wasn't Supporting Cruz at Rally

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By    |   Friday, 12 Feb 2016 11:49 AM

Richard Dreyfuss raised eyebrows when the Oscar-winning star, who supported President Barack Obama, was seen with Ted Cruz at one of the Texas senator's recent rallies.

But the Brooklyn-born star — whose films include "Jaws," "The Goodbye Girl" and "American Graffiti" — says he merely wanted to get an up-close and in-person view of the firebrand Texas senator seeking the GOP presidential nomination.

"I went to hear whether or not there'd be a difference between what I was hearing through the TV camera and live," Dreyfuss told Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File."

"I've enjoyed listening to [Cruz] even though we don't agree on everything. So when he came up to me that day, I was ripe — I was ready to be talked to."

Last month, Dreyfuss told reporters he was not supporting Cruz, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"We come at it from different places. But he reveres the Constitution and the Bill of Rights," Dreyfuss said.

"When you seek to be the president of a country that has 300 million people, you can't get everyone on the same platform. You can't. But if you can make it clear that the most important things are shared, then fine."

The actor is no stranger to politics in his movie roles. He portrayed Dick Cheney in "W" and Alexander Haig in "The Day Reagan was Shot." He recently starred with Blythe Danner, Charles Grodin and Tommy Bayiokos in the ABC miniseries "Madoff," playing the notorious Wall Street swindler.

Perceived as a liberal, Dreyfuss in 2012 sent out the tweet:


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