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Bill Pullman Channels Independence Day As He Tells Americans To Wear Face Masks

Bill Pullman Channels Independence Day As He Tells Americans To Wear Face Masks

Bill Pullman has channelled his presidential power once again as he urged Americans to wear their face coverings in public in a bid to take down the coronavirus and be 'free'.

In the clip released yesterday (4 July - also known as Independence Day), the 66-year-old actor told people to pop on their 'freedom masks' as clips from the film appeared.

Pullman, who played President Thomas J. Whitmore in the 1996 blockbuster, was introduced on the clip as 'the most presidential actor of all time' as it was posted to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's YouTube channel.

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In the statement, the actor said: "Hello America. I may not be your president right now, but I've got to tell you that Fourth of July is still my favourite holiday, and it always will be.

"This Independence Day, I'm going to be celebrating my freedom in an important way. I'm going to be wearing my freedom mask every time I go into public. That's right - freedom mask.

"Because if all of America agreed to wear one of these going into public places, we'd be a little closer to being free to safely go back to places like bars and restaurants and schools and, most importantly, movie theatres."

Pullman called the covering 'freedom masks'. Credit: PA
Pullman called the covering 'freedom masks'. Credit: PA

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This isn't the first time the film has been used to encourage American citizens to stand together in the fight against Covid-19.

People put two and two together and figured Donald Trump was probably drawing an unlikely parallel between the movie's antagonist - aliens seemingly determined to wipe mankind from the face of the Earth - and the coronavirus pandemic.

The clip has been shared online. Credit: Twitter/@realDonaldTrump/20th Century Fox/@mad_liberals
The clip has been shared online. Credit: Twitter/@realDonaldTrump/20th Century Fox/@mad_liberals
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The clip shared by President Trump shows the speech scene in full, but with his face superimposed over Pullman's.

The creation came from the Mad 'ObamaGate' Liberals Twitter page - a self-described 'video manipulator' who makes memes in support of Trump.

The 90-second clip was originally posted on 14 April and has gained nearly 20,000 likes, but since being retweeted by Trump, it's racked up 180,000 likes and over 60,000 retweets.

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Coronavirus, US News, covid-19 positive

Rebecca Shepherd

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