In this Aug. 30, 2012 file photo, film director Jonathan Demme poses for a portrait at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Wallace Shawn participated in a Jewish Voice for Peace video earlier this week along with other celebrities like Public Enemy rapper Chuck D and the Academy Award-winning director Demme and Nobel Peace Prize laureates that showed dozens holding up signs with the names of Palestinian killed in the violence. Demme feels much the same way as Wallace - that he's a passive participant in the attacks because of his status as a U.S. citizen - and says he's never thought once about holding back his feelings. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

When director Jonathan Demme was approached to show support for all victims of the conflict in Gaza, he didn’t hesitate to sign on. Actor Wallace Shawn is willing to put up with jeers on the street for his opinions about the violence. And Mark Ruffalo is determined to air his views about the fighting on Twitter, no matter the cost to his social media numbers.

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