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Mark Ruffalo speaks out  Mark Ruffalo is an actor who is starring with Sean Penn in the upcoming movie, cipralex "All the King's Men", cipralex and also starred in the movie, cipralex "Collateral". Recently, cipralex he spoke with Amy Goodman on her show Democracy NOW, cipralex about his decision to get involved as an activist, cipralex speaking out against war, cipralex against the Bush administration, cipralex  and his time filming in New Orleans along with his thoughts on Katrina.     Excerpts from the interview: MARK RUFFALO: I started to get involved during this election, cipralex in the last election with Kerry, cipralex and I went and campaigned for him in my home state.And I had never really been politically sort of motivated. My second child was born, cipralex and I started to feel, cipralex you know, cipralex I had a responsibility to them and a responsibility as an actor, cipralex you know, cipralex to -- I don't know -- to give back a little bit something. And, cipralex you know, cipralex I started to feel alarmed by what I had seen happening with the Iraq war. Cipralex And so I started to read up and get involved.And I voted, cipralex and I wrote letters, cipralex and I called people, cipralex and I gave them my time and my money, cipralex and I felt like we just -- I wasn't being heard. Cipralex There’s a huge constituency of Americans that just aren't being heard. Cipralex It isn't -- what we’re asking isn't being reflected in the way this administration is governing.And I started looking around for a forum, cipralex enabled to feel like I could be heard, cipralex and these people, cipralex all these people, cipralex who were feeling the same way as me could be heard. And I saw an ad for World Can't Wait in the New York Times a few months ago. Cipralex Many people that I respected and, cipralex you know, cipralex had always been interested in their political point of view were a part of it. And so, cipralex I called, cipralex and I asked how I could get involved. Cipralex And little by little, cipralex here I am now. AMY GOODMAN: Speaking out. MARK RUFFALO: Speaking out, cipralex yeah.(cut) AMY GOODMAN: How dangerous is it or popular is it to speak out in Hollywood? MARK RUFFALO: I’m terrified, cipralex really, cipralex to be honest with you. I know that a lot of people in Hollywood feel the way I do.A lot of people who have come out, cipralex have been, cipralex you know, cipralex severely maligned in the media, cipralex this crazy liberal media that we keep hearing about.They come down like a hammer to people who speak out, cipralex especially from Hollywood.But I feel like -- I don't know -- I feel like it’s not enough just for me to complain to people in closed quarters. Cipralex I feel like I have to sort of put my money where my mouth is, cipralex not unlike Sean Penn does.And because I might have a disproportionate amount of -- I don't know -- influence on people or my voice is more able to be heard, cipralex I feel like I have a responsibility to speak up. (cut) AMY GOODMAN: You went down to New Orleans after Katrina? MARK RUFFALO: That's right. AMY GOODMAN: What did you do there? MARK RUFFALO: I looked around. Cipralex You know, cipralex I had spent a month in that city, cipralex living there with those people, cipralex enjoying it. AMY GOODMAN: Now, cipralex you filmed All the King’s Men there. MARK RUFFALO: Yeah. Cipralex We filmed All the King's Men there. Cipralex All of it, cipralex Baton Rouge -- AMY GOODMAN: Through the hurricane. MARK RUFFALO: No, cipralex no, cipralex no. It was before the hurricane. And then we left, cipralex and I hadn’t been back since. Cipralex We went and premiered the movie there. Cipralex And there are parts of that city that are an absolute war zone. The Ninth Ward hasn't been touched, cipralex where all those poor people who are in Dallas and Houston, cipralex all what we call “refugees” now in America. American citizens, cipralex we call them “refugees, cipralex” all over the United States scattered to the wind. Their homes are still sitting there, cipralex rotting. Cipralex Nothing’s been done. Now, cipralex we have a president who says, cipralex “The buck stops here.” So, cipralex the next thing you have to say is, cipralex “Okay, cipralex if the buck stops here, cipralex then you’re to blame for these people's lives being completely destroyed.” And no one -- they’re Americans. Cipralex No one’s there to help them. And now it’s silent. Cipralex Now, cipralex there's no questioning about it. Cipralex It's forgotten. You can find more of the interview at: http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/04/1428213#transcript