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[VIDEO] Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons calls Bloomberg’s nanny-state ‘terrible’ and ‘dangerous’

Jeremy IronsAcademy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons—who voiced the famous villain Scar in “The Lion King” — is attacking New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his “nanny state.” The admitted libertarian expressed concerns about an overreaching government that issues smoking bans calling it a “tip of the iceberg.”

“I’m a complete libertarian. I think it’s very, very dangerous. I really mean that. I think the smoking ban is a tip of an iceberg of society — the leaders of society telling us how to be,” he said during an interview on HuffPost Live Wednesday

“I think it’s not their business,” he continued. “I think it is their business to tell us to care for and respect each other and each other’s happiness and each other’s health, and we are responsible enough to do that.”

Irons argues that Bloomberg’s bans on smoking and large sodas will only lead to more health restrictions like mandating that restaurants cap the number of calories per meal.

“It’s the nanny state. It is terrible,” he said.

“It’s the tip of the iceberg, because it’s an attitude, it’s an attitude where the governors think ‘we know what’s best for people, and they’re so stupid that they would only not do it if we ban it’.”

The Lion King star explained that people smoking is just a part of the circle of life.

“I think about smoking tobacco — it suits some people, it doesn’t suit other people. A lot of people who are bored and unhappy smoke cigarettes. Of course if you’re bored and unhappy, you’ll die early. So that’s why those two things add up.”

The Academy Award-winner argued that his friend’s granny smoked until she was 103 and doesn’t understand why other people aren’t allowed to.

“I have a grandmother of a friend of mine in Greece, who grew tobacco all her life,” he said. “She died at 103, she smoked from the age of 13. So it suits some people, it doesn’t suit others. But I think, when governors tell us how we can behave and how we can’t, I don’t believe it’s the way to go.”

Hakuna Matada smokers!

Watch the interview below. Irons’ voice may sound familiar.

 

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