Ep 4: Art Imitates Life: The Causes of Bradley Whitford

Actor Bradley Whitford has played more than a few political characters. It turns out, he's really cares about this stuff.

Actor Bradley Whitford has played more than a few political characters. It turns out, he's really cares about this stuff.

If you're a culture junkie of a certain age, you probably remember The West Wing, a 7-season TV drama about an earnest American president and his idealistic staff.  

One of the main characters was Josh Lyman, played to snide perfection by Bradley Whitford.  

What you might not know is that The West Wing wasn't a one-off for Whitford. He's played a lot of political types since, including a fictional senator in the series Alpha House, and a real one – Hubert Humphrey – in the TV movie All the Way.  

Whitford has also taken up a couple of political causes, particularly climate change. That's the subject of the National Geographic show, Years of Living Dangerously. He's in a recent episode, and you can see it on demand.  

All of that makes Bradley Whitford an interesting guy to talk to for Fortt Knox, since we're all about rich ideas and powerful people. Not only has he used his craft to tell the stories of powerful people with ideas, but he's also using his Hollywood influence to push some ideas of his own.  

 What does he think of today's political environment? What's he doing in a movie written by half of the Key & Peele comedy duo? And what is it with actors who think they're policy experts? Whitford tackles it all in our interview.