Among the many political leaders and ideals alluded to at the Democratic National Convention this week, one stood out as something of a non sequitur: the “Police Academy” movies. Former President Bill Clinton’s love of the comedy franchise came out during the DNC, which of course led to instant chatter on Twitter and even a callback in a later speech. Steve Guttenberg, one of the series’ stars, is pretty stoked: “We are all thrilled that both Bill and Chelsea let the secret out,” he wrote yesterday on CNN.
“The great thing is that it is the truth,” the actor adds. “These are the films he likes.” Guttenberg then recalls meeting the then-president while filming “Home for the Holidays.” “One of the stories he told, was that he had had a challenging few days, and turned to the six-movie package of ‘Police Academy’ with his daughter Chelsea. It was a distraction of the highest order.”
Rather than just brag, however, Guttenberg pivots in order to underscore the importance of art and entertainment: “A president who had lots to be responsible for knew that watching comedy could provide relief and feed the imagination. And wouldn’t we like imagination in all the fine people who run the government?” Read the “Zeus and Roxanne” star’s full article on CNN, and consider watching his episode of “Party Down” once you’re done.