The honor this week goes to Matthew Modine.
We ran into actor Matthew Modine (remember “Full Metal Jacket”?!?) at Denver’s La Rumba restaurant and, while the Obama supporter had plenty to say about John McCain’s policies, he also had plenty of critiques of McCain’s military service — a topic that almost no one dares denounce.
“I mean, he got shot down three times!” said Modine, taking on one of McCain’s most lauded personal accomplishments. “That’s not success!”
“And he wasn’t even a good prisoner of war,” said Modine. “He should have left as soon as he could. That’s what you’re supposed to do as a prisoner of war: Leave when you can. It defeats the enemy. It makes them look bad and it weakens them.”
No, that’s what you’re supposed to do if you’re an actor whose taken prisoner in a casting call and you actually want the other prisoners to be killed so the part is automatically yours. But it appears that the military code of conduct disagrees with Modine’s view that McCain should have left when offered the chance:
a. If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
I can understand Modine’s confusion, as this code runs counter to the Hollywood code, which is this: “Save your own ass no matter what, employ extreme hypocrisy whenever possible, and when the shit comes down, run like a little girl and hide behind the same military you’ve been mocking for your entire, pathetic life.”