Will Smith, Harrison Ford, Ben Stiller, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Snoop Dogg, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Timberlake, Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat, Zac Braff, Shia LaBeouf, Neil Patrick Harris, Tobey Maguire, Orlando Bloom, Ryan Reynolds, and Jason Segel are among the celebrities in this PSA from Funny or Die that eventually gets around to telling us we better vote. In case that’s not enough star power to convince you to head to your local polls next Tuesday they cram in even more celebrities. Jennifer Aniston, Usher, Eva Longoria, Ellen Degeneres, Forrest Whitaker, Jonah Hill, Halle Berry, Dustin Hoffman, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx, Djimon Hounsou, Natalie Portman, Will.i.am, Selma Blair, and Benicio Del Toro make very brief cameos at the end.
Tom Cruise even makes an appearance and you can tell that he’s lost weight. He looks like the Cruise of yore and I have to say I see that glimmer of hotness trying to fight with the crazy, although the crazy always wins in the end. Steven Spielberg comes on to talk to Cruise and explains the concept of the ad – that they’re trying to be sarcastic by telling people not to vote.
Harrison Ford says the concept doesn’t work for him and that 537 people decided the 2000 election. Most if the celebrities agree that it doesn’t make sense and they start to disagree with Spielberg as the director, who rips up the script and tells them to “say what’s in their heart.” They then change the tactic to say they’re voting and emphatically tell us to vote. Average Americans come on too and state what matters to them this year. Issues like gun control, ending the Iraq war, and having the first chance to vote for an African American President, and the second chance to vote for a woman for Vice President, are mentioned.
They encourage us to send the URL declareyourself.com to five friends and remind them to find out where their polling places are and to vote. There’s also a message at the end that there is still early voting available in 31 states.
This video is full of so many celebrities that I know I kept watching it to see who would appear. It might help get the message out. Even if there wasn’t a single star telling us to vote or campaigning for a candidate there would be a record turnout this year. People are getting the message loud and clear despite some minor static from those who would rather they stay home.