Orson Welles's Political Ambitions

Richard Linklater says Welles chose well to stay in Hollywood.

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By Maura Judkis, Washington Whispers

He made some major movies, with Citizen Kane king among them. But Orson Welles always harbored a desire to get into politics. Now, the director of the new movie Me & Orson Welles, Richard Linklater, says that Welles made the right decision staying in Hollywood. "Politicians are people with the same kind of oomph and vigor, but they are not artists. He was too much of an artist," says Linklater. "He would have been frustrated. I mean, come on. He's the ultimate control freak. What is politics but compromise?" Linklater's new movie is about a teen boy (Zac Efron) who lands a role in Welles's play Caesar and falls for the hottie actress (Claire Danes). While in Washington recently with Danes and Efron to promote the flick, Linklater himself fell under Washington's spell, meeting in the White House with former actor Kal Penn, part of the president's "public engagement" team. "For me, different would be going and working at the White House."

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