Mel Brooks has shared his ‘first ever’ political video to encourage people to vote for Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election.
The comedy icon, 94, who famously starred in The Producers, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles, backed Biden after slamming Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brooks shared a video of himself sat at a desk in his house, with his son and grandson visible through the glass patio doors with masks on to maintain social distancing.
He told his followers: ‘Hi folks. I’m Mel Brooks and behind me you see my son and my grandson. They can’t be with me. Why? Because of this coronavirus and Donald Trump’s not doing a damn thing about it.
‘So many people have died and when you’re dead you can’t do much. So, I’m voting for Joe Biden.
‘I like Joe. Why do I like Joe? Because Joe likes facts. Because Joe likes science. Joe will keep us going. Take a tip from me, vote for Joe.’
He then waved his son and grandson off as he went to fill out his ballot to cast his vote for Biden.
His son, max, shared the video on Twitter, writing: ‘My father, @MelBrooks, is 94. He has never made a political video. Until now. #MelBrooks4JoeBiden #BidenHarris #GrassrootsDemHQ’
Brooks, who is an EGOT-winning actor and producer (one of just 16 people who have won an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony award), is one of many stars who have backed Biden in the upcoming election.
Taylor Swift, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jennifer Lopez and the cast of The Avengers are among the many celebrities who have publicly backed Biden for the next president of the United States.
The election will take place on November 3, and over 29 million citizens had voted early using the postal ballot by the start of this week, compared to six million at this stage of the 2016 election.
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