Ron Howard Talks About His New Show and Opinion of Trump

Rebekah Sager
January 22, 2020 - 11:54 am

Actor and director Ron Howard chatted with In-Depth hosts Wednesday about his new show, "68 Whiskey," and a recent and uncharacteristic tweet, where he talked politics and blasted President Trump.

Howard says his new show focuses on a group of U.S. Army medics stationed in Afghanistan.  

"I think this show acknowledges and celebrates [humanity> because this is a group of very diverse individuals from all corners of the country and they're there because they've chosen to be," Howard says. 

Comparing "68 Whiskey," to "Mash," Howard says there are some comparisons, and it uses irony where life is being saved as it's also in extreme danger. However, the difference Howard says is that in the new show these men and women have chosen to be there, versus "Mash," where the characters were based on people who'd been drafted.

"This is much more immersive. This is about people who've chosen to be in a place and find it incredibly trying and emotionally dangerous at times and yet they have each other and a higher purpose," he says. 

The show can be seen on the Paramount Network; a new streaming platform. 

As for politics, Howard says he's met Trump a couple of times but has not had any business dealings with him. 

This month Howard gave his strongly worded opinion of Trump via Twitter saying: “In the entertainment industry many who have known/worked w/ Trump think that while his reality show was fun and ran a long time, he’s a self-serving, dishonest, morally bankrupt ego maniac who doesn’t care about anything or anyone but his Fame & bank account & is hustling the US,” Howard, 65, said.

He says he was asked about why Hollywood people all seem to be so critical of the president.

"In my world... and let's be honest he [Trump> comes from the entertainment world... the honest answer is you don't run into people who have anything good to say about him as a person and in their dealings with him, " Howard says. 

Host Charles Feldman asked Howard whether or not he was worried that expressing his views about the president could hurt ticket sales of his films. 

Howard admitted that he was. But, he says despite that, the believes it's important for people to think about these things and to have an opinion. 

"I'm not one of those people who feel that if you're in the entertainment field you have no right to speak up," he says.