- The Washington Times - Friday, September 26, 2008

Robert Davi is undoubtedly the biggest actor to show up at the American Film Renaissance Institute’s festival this year. If you don’t recognize his name, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

“A lot of people know my face,” Mr. Davi confides, “but they don’t know my name.”

If you’re a regular filmgoer or television watcher, you certainly know Mr. Davi’s grizzled visage. He has appeared in dozens of movies, including “The Goonies,” “License to Kill,” and “Die Hard,” as well as numerous television shows (including a starring role in “The Profiler”).

Odds are that you’ll recognize his voice as well. Mr. Davi has done voice-over narration for the History Channel and the McCain campaign.

That’s right: Mr. Davi is one of Hollywood’s few outspoken conservatives. He’s involved in two of the films screening at this year’s AFR festival, “The Dukes” and “An American Carol.”

In directing and writing “The Dukes,” a nostalgic look at a doo-wop group trying to get its mojo back after an extended hiatus, Mr. Davi tried to imbue it with a nonpartisan perspective on what makes America great. “It shows us an America that leads to a brighter future,” Mr. Davi says of his flick, noting that it played at the Rome Film Festival with a number of anti-American films.

Festival-goers and film critics alike have fallen in love with Mr. Davi’s movie; Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers says it “is a gem, hilarious and heartfelt, well deserving of reaching an audience that will surely embrace it.”

“An American Carol” is more partisan, a bomb-throwing political comedy from David Zucker. In comparing the two films, Mr. Davi notes that you’ll get to see his range during this festival. “If you look at ‘The Dukes,’ it’s more of who I am. And ‘American Carol’ is a character.”

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