While he is known for being a staunch Democrat, actor Richard Dreyfuss has been playing the role of political tourist of late, soaking up all the sights and sounds that this election season has to offer.
However, his appearance at a recent Ted Cruz rally sparked sparked an angry response from some liberals, so the star of ABC's recent miniseries "Madoff" appeared on Fox News' "The Kelly File" Thursday night to explain why he attended the Republican candidate's event in Iowa on Jan. 30.
"I went to hear whether or not there'd be a difference between what I was hearing through the TV camera and live," Dreyfuss told host Megyn Kelly via satellite while he sat next to his son, Harry.
"I've enjoyed listening to him [Cruz] even though we don't agree on everything," the actor went on to say. "So when he came up to me that day, I was ripe — I was ready to be talked to."
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Longtime Democrat Richard Dreyfuss explains why he went to Ted Cruz rally
American film actor Richard Dreyfuss. (Photo by John Minihan/Getty Images)
Richard Dreyfuss on MGM studios lot in Culver City, CA 1976; Various Locations; Mark Sullivan 70's Rock Archive; Culver City; CA. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Contour by Getty Images)
Richard Dreyfuss playing pool in a scene from the film 'The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz', 1974. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
American actor Richard Dreyfuss inspects the mouth of a dead Great White shark in a still from director Steven Spielberg's film, 'Jaws,' 1975. (Photo by Universal Pictures/Getty Images)
American actors Richard Dreyfuss and Jessica Harper embrace in a promotional still from the film, 'Inserts,' directed by John Byrum, 1975. (Photo by United Artists/Courtesy of Getty Images)
Richard Dreyfuss is questioned in a scene from the film 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind', 1977. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss during 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Richard Dreyfuss (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Richard Dreyfuss and Jeramie Rain during 59th Annual Academy Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Richard Dreyfuss and wife Jeramie Rain attend Entertainment Industry Council Gala Honoring Bud Grant on November 24, 1987 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Richard Dreyfuss during an interview with guest host Jay Leno on January 29, 1991 -- (Photo by: Cheryl Balter/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Richard Dreyfuss during American Film Institute Honors Steven Spielberg with 1995 Life Achievement Award at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Richard Dreyfuss and Laura Cayouette during 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1025 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Richard Dreyfuss during an interview with host Jay Leno on November 6, 1996 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 3: Richard Dreyfuss stars as Max Bickford in THE EDUCATION OF MAX BICKFORD. (Photo by Barbara Nitke/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Actor Richard Dreyfuss talks at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 29, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Piyal Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 27: Actor Richard Dreyfuss does an interview with Entertainment Tonight on the convention floor before the start of day 3 of the 2008 Democratic National Convention at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., on Aug. 27, 2008. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images)
Richard Dreyfuss attends the 2009 Voice Awards Ceremony at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on October 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Richard Dreyfuss speak at the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's 'Right Makes Might' Speech at the NYU Cooper Union Great Hall on February 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 11: Richard Dreyfuss arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Red' at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on October 11, 2010 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 05: Actor Richard Dreyfuss leads a Gray Line bus tour through Greenwich Village at the Gray Line New York's Ride of Fame ribbon cutting ceremony in front of Cherry Lane Theatre on November 5, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Richard Dreyfuss appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Richard Dreyfuss speaks on 'civility' and how an informed electorate can better engage in political dialogue, at The National Press Club on January 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Richard Dreyfuss appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
WHISTLER, BC - DECEMBER 06: Actor Richard Dreyfuss in conversation at the 13th Annual Whistler Film Festival - Variety Signature Series Tribute honouring Richard Dreyfuss hosted by executive editor Steven Gaydos on December 6, 2013 in Whistler, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Chin/WireImage)
MADOFF - Get a look into the mind of the man who pulled off one of the greatest cons in history in the primetime miniseries Madoff, airing FEBRUARY 3-4, 2016 (8:00 10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Eric Liebowitz/ABC via Getty Images)
American actor Richard Dreyfuss comes to the opening of the Dubai International Film Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Dokoupil)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 12: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been digitally altered) Actor Richard Dreyfuss poses during a portrait session on day four of the 12th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 12, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF)
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But son Harry Dreyfuss, who is a writer and director based in Los Angeles, was more bothered about the backlash the rally sparked than his famous father was. "When I saw that people were attacking my dad for his curiosity, it offended me on principle," he told Kelly.
The "Jaws" star side-stepped Kelly when she asked: "It doesn't sound like you are going to vote for Ted Cruz. Have you decided who you are going to support?"
"No, I run a nonprofit initiative to bring the study of civics back to grades to graduation," he replied. "If we don't know civics ... we are giving up knowledge of the greatest political revolution in the history of civilization."
When interviewed at the Ames, Iowa, event last month, Dreyfuss told reporters that he isn't supporting Cruz — or any other candidate just yet. "It's the politics of my country, so I'm interested," the actor who played Dick Cheney in "W" said.
"We come at it from different places," Dreyfuss continued, according to the Dallas Morning News. "But he reveres the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. When you seek to be the president of a country that has 300 million people, you can't get everyone on the same platform. You can't. But if you can make it clear that the most important things are shared, then fine."