Watch: Avengers Assemble in Joss Whedon's Celebrity-Filled Anti-Trump Ad
With the message that "voting is a necessary and heroic act," Joss Whedon's Save the Day campaign is calling on pop culture nerds and summer blockbuster-lovers alike to unite against "racist, abusive coward" Donald Trump. Save the Day's heartfelt yet humorous video is packed with celebs, because as Julianne Moore says in the spot, it will take "just a sh*t ton of famous people" to get many apathetic voters' attention.
Whedon is the creator of many geeked-out TV shows (Buffy, Firefly, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and films (The Avengers, Cabin in the Woods, Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog) from the world of the supernatural and comic books (he's even written some comics to boot). He returned to Twitter after more than a year hiatus from the social media site, armed with a message that "the world is on fire" and a link to the Save the Day website:
Hey! Did I miss anything? Lol jk the world is on fire 😂 here's a thing I made https://t.co/g1SE45Rkrv— Joss Whedon (@Joss Whedon) 1474460620.0
In typical Whedon fashion, the video breaks the fourth wall and goes meta on the political PSA genre, explicitly acknowledging the mix of famous celebrities with the non-famous. As one sweet unrecognizable woman puts it, "sometimes a not-famous person will be mixed in with the famous ones... because of their unpolished sincerity."
In a nod to superhero tropes, the video asks, "Do we really want to give nuclear weapons to a man whose signature move is firing things?" (a play on Trump's catchphrase in his reality show The Apprentice). (Donald Trump is literally a Marvel villain, by the way.)
The Save the Day site provides state-customized information on voter registration. As further motivation to register and vote, the video promises that "Mark Ruffalo will do a nude scene in his next movie." A condition Ruffalo did not seem OK with, but hey, it's worth a try, right?
Other celebrities in the ad include: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Doogie Houser, and host of the Academy, Emmy, and Tony Awards), Randall Park (Fresh off the Boat), Cobie Smulder (How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers), Smulder's husband Taran Killan (Saturday Night Live), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle), Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele, Keanu), Clark Gregg (Avengers, West Wing), Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton, Smash), Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy), Matt McGorry (Orange Is the New Black), Tom Lenk (small but memorable role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Bradley Whitford (Transparent), Ashley Johnson (Blindspot), Martin Sheen (West Wing) and more.
h/t TVline for assistance identifying stars.