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Though the theme of the TCM Classic Film Festival this year is comedy,that hasn't stopped political themes from emerging during discussions with special guests.Yesterday morning's screening ofThe China Syndromewith Michael Douglas in attendance was just such an example.Douglas and host Ben Mankiewicz started out talking about the aesthetic and casting choices of the nuclear meltdown film,produced by Douglas and starring Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda.However,as with the release of the movie - which happened to be released days before the Three Mile Island accident in early 1979 - the timing of the Q&A between the TCM host and the veteran actor/producer meant that conversation soon turned to themes of destruction,education,and protest.

It turns out that Michael Douglas makes a very charming protestor.Douglas explained that while he hadn't cared much about nuclear dangers or disarmament before producingThe China Syndrome,when the script was handed to him by a documentarian,his interest and irateness was piqued...


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