HOLLYWOOD REPORTER talks to Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis.

Here’s an excerpt:

Spielberg: I got a chance to meet him. Mandela has always been a hero. And Bill Clinton is a hero for me today.

THR: Your colleague David Geffen turned against him.

Spielberg: Well, we all have different points of view about politics and people, but I’ve always been an admirer of Clinton. And [former Rep.] Gabby Giffords, who was shot in Arizona. And Rachel Maddow. I’m a news junkie, so I’m always reading and watching the news.

THR: Which network?

Spielberg: I watch everything. You’ve got to watch everything. You can’t just watch one network because every network has a different point of view, and you can’t just attach yourself to one.


Spielberg: You asked me for an example. Gov. Chris Christie was a hero for me. He was able to put party politics aside for the greater good. And the fact that he would, right at the end of the election cycle, tell the truth about his gratitude ““ he was my hero.

The amount of good will Gov. Christie garnered for his behavior and leadership after Sandy continues to rebound. The only thing comparable was Mayor Rudy Giuliani after 9/11, when President George W. Bush took so long to gain his footing. We all know what happened from there. Giuliani was a terrible candidate.

Gov. Christie continues to prove, according to responses from people on both sides of the aisle, that he can cross over party affiliation. Whether that sticks in a presidential campaign is another issue entirely, but it’s got to be worrying Jeb Bush, who may have all the right resume points, but remains hobbled by the legacy of his brother George and his last name.

As for both Spielberg and Lewis naming Nelson Mandela as a hero to them, well, Mr. Mandela has earned that status in the eyes and hearts of people around the globe. He remains hospitalized fighting off a lung infection and other attacks from a body that is showing the wear of his long life.