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Tucci urges support for the arts at Berlin Film Festival

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/11/2017
Director Stanley Tucci poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press Director Stanley Tucci poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BERLIN (AP) — American director and actor Stanley Tucci is criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump for not backing the arts and arts education.

Director Stanley Tucci poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press Director Stanley Tucci poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Tucci told reporters at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday that "I can imagine if this administration has its way, they will eviscerate the arts."

Director Stanley Tucci poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press Director Stanley Tucci poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Tucci, who was talking after the premiere of his movie "Final Portrait" about the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, said art should be an intrinsic part of life. He lamented, however, that many people don't see art as an important part of education.

The director said "this (Trump) administration may not even see education as important" — apparently referring to the American president's controversial appointment of Betty DeVos, a billionaire donor to the Republican party, as the new U.S. education chief.

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