Voters assemble: Whedon unites Downey Jr, Ruffalo and stars of the West Wing to support ‘heroic act’

A “shit ton of famous people” have banded together to get US voters to the polls on 8 November. Gathered together by director Joss Whedon, the celebrities made their pitch to the public in a three-minute video titled Important.

The video is the first in a series coming from Whedon’s new Super Pac, Save the Day, which is “dedicated to the idea that voting is a necessary and heroic act” and “committed to fighting the apathy, cynicism, and honest confusion that keeps citizens from using their vote”.

Twenty-seven celebrities in total appear in the video, including Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders and Don Cheadle from Whedon’s Avengers films, as well as Neil Patrick Harris, Jesse Williams, Julianne Moore, Keegan-Michael Key and a mustachioed James Franco. Stanley Tucci and Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr both implore you to register.

Martin Sheen, who played President Bartlet on the West Wing, also featured in Whedon’s video, telling viewers, “We cannot pretend both sides are equally unfavorable”. Cast members from the popular TV show will hit the trail for the Democratic nominee this weekend, according to Ian Sams of the Clinton campaign.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Save the Day is a pro-Hillary Clinton Super Pac and Whedon has donated $1m toward her efforts in the election. While the video never explicitly mentions Clinton or Donald Trump, it alludes to the Republican nominee. The celebrities said they’re gathered for something important, like “a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society”, said Cheadle. Odom Jr added: “Do we really want to give nuclear weapons to a man whose signature move is firing?”

The video also emphasized the impact voting has on the Senate, House of Representatives, local officials, commonsense gun laws and the supreme court. “This isn’t just an election, it’s a tipping point for the country – for the world,” the celebrities say.

Whedon has been involved in politics in the past, notably making a parody ad about Mitt Romney “putting this country back on the path to the zombie apocalypse” with his policies in 2012.

Whedon’s video is reminiscent of the more positive video supporting Barack Obama during the 2008 election, spearheaded by will.i.am. Celebrities such as Johansson, John Legend, Common and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sang along to one of Obama’s speeches to show their support.

The video directs viewers to the website for Whedon’s Super Pac if they do not know how or where to vote. It also – jokingly – promises Ruffalo will do a nude scene in his next movie if they head to the polls, to the actor’s dismay.

“Mark’s gonna have his dick out,” Downey Jr said. “Full Monty,” Johansson added. “Full Marky,” said Harris.

“Make Mark be naked by making your mark on November 8,” Smulders and Tucci added.

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