Next Interview: Tommy Lee Jones, of “Emperor”

emperorNo. He didn’t win another Oscar for “Lincoln.” But let’s hope he’s not irked about that.

The title of his new film, “Emperor,” has multiple meanings. Jones plays General Douglas MacArthur, who led Allied forces to victory in the Pacific and ruled Japan as the man in charge of reforming the occupied country, turning it into a pacifist, capitalist bulwark against communism. He was practically an emperor of the country, one placed on the throne by the USA.

But in the earliest days of the occupation, he had to make a decision — whether or not to prosecute the Japanese Emperor Hirohito for either urging on the militarists or turning a blind eye to the aggression and war crimes of the Japanese state.

Matthew Fox plays the trusted aid charged with giving MacArthur justification, one way or another, for his actions.

Questions for Tommy Lee? I’ll need a lot of them, as he’s a tough interview.

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