The interview with Entertainment Weekly

James Carville, who successfully ran the 1992 Clinton campaign for president is executive producer of “All the Kings Men”. I have always liked his style and here he says some great things about politics and filmmaking.

“EW: Is there something to Willie Stark’s theory that good comes from evil? Is that a deal we all have to come to terms with?
JC: Yes, of course. Sometimes the right thing gets done for the wrong reason and sometimes, unfortunately, the wrong thing gets done for the right reason. One of the things I’ve noticed in politics, that I find mildly amusing is, we tend to go to motive. We say, ”Well, he meant well.” Well sometimes, poor judgment is a reason to vote people out of office. But we like a narrative and it’s hard to have good people always doing the right thing or bad people always doing bad things. Sure, if it’s Nazis or Al Qaeda or Mother Teresa, that works out. Unfortunately, most of us fit somewhere in between.”

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