Proving once again that the best part of Easy Rider is the last 20 seconds, Fonda takes time out from what sounds like militia training to go to Cannes and opine:
“I’m training my grandchildren to use long-range rifles,” said the actor, 71. “For what purpose? Well, I’m not going to say the words ‘Barack Obama’, but …”
He added, enigmatically: “It’s more of a thought process than an actuality, but we are heading for a major conflict between the haves and the have nots. I came here many years ago with a biker movie and we stopped a war. (*) Now, it’s about starting the world.
“I prefer to not to use the words, ‘let’s stop something’. I prefer to say, ‘let’s start something, let’s start the world’.”
The hippies who “stopped a war” have the deaths of over a million Cambodians on their heads, of course. But, hey, the music was wicked cool!!