Janeane Garofalo plays Janis Gold on "24," and the role may seem like an unlikely one for the outspoken liberal. After all, "24" has even been called "torture porn" for its glamorization of questionable interrogation tactics.
In an interview with the Village Voice yesterday, Garofalo discusses the apparent disconnect between her politics and the show's, saying, "At first I passed on it because of the right-wing nature of a couple of the writers."
Eventually, however, Garofalo relented. "There's only one or two right-wingers in the whole show, in the writer's room. There's nobody else whose opinions reflect that in the cast or the crew. And then midway through when I was working there the main right-winger left the show anyway," she says.
Here, she is referring to series creator Joel Surnow. In the interview, Garofalo is complimentary of Surnow, however she draws the line at set visits from his pals, Rush Limbaugh and Lynne Cheney.
"When Rush Limbaugh visited the set, and when Lynne Cheney visited the set, I refused to have my picture taken with them or meet them or anything," Garofalo tells the Village Voice.
"I didn't want to make a scene out of it and not even go meet them in front of people. When somebody came to me privately and said, 'Do you want to meet them?' I said, 'Absolutely not.' But I would never have made a big show of it and embarrassed people who worked there. Not that they were interested in meeting me. And, to tell you the truth, I doubt that Lynne Cheney even knew who I was."
— Stephanie Lysaght
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