and he made the observation:
"As an actor," he says, "I know in my gut, watching him, what a low-quality mind he has. Because I've been doing this since I was five years old, I know when a person is saying words that aren't their own - and it's as apparent as it could possibly be to me that he's a mouthpiece, and not even a good mouthpiece. Reagan was a B-movie actor, but at least he had the ability to touch certain emotional notes."
I must say that this is the sort of thing that gives actors who speak out about politics a bad name, but that's not why I post it. I'm not an admirer of former President Reagan, but in the interests of historical accuracy I would like to point out, because this error is frequently made, that he was NOT a "B-movie actor" (in the sense that, say, Ann Sothern was a B movie actress). He had star status at Warner Brothers. True, he wasn't Errol Flynn, but he was A-list, and not bad, either.
As for Norton's (an actor I like, although he's maybe a tad overrated) "ferocious intelligence," that's not the impression I got from his performance in "Red Dragon."