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Why actors should play a political role

CASEY AFFLECK is encouraging his fellow celebs to keep talking politics. The Baftas’ best actor winner says there is no better place than an awards ceremony to make a stand.

‘I’m very proud to be a part of the arts community,’ 41-year-old Casey told Guilty Pleasures after collecting his gold mask at the EE Baftas in London’s Royal Albert Hall.

‘It means a lot to have people, for better or for worse, celebrities, who are looked up to — because when they say something, sometimes people hear and think about it.’

The actor admires Meryl Streep for her anti-Donald Trump speech at last month’s Golden Globes. ‘I don’t always say some of the things I would like to say in those opportunities because I feel there are people like Meryl Streep who can say them much better,’ he added.

And Casey managed to corner Streep, 67, at the Bafta ceremony, where he told her ‘how much her speech meant to all of us and how she had kicked in the door a little bit’.

As he does the rounds in awards season for his role in Manchester By The Sea, Casey makes no apologies for failing to mention brother Ben, 44, in any of his acceptance speeches so far.

‘He didn’t really have anything to do with the movie, but I know he would like to be thanked. He’ll live,’ he added. Perhaps he is saving it for the Oscars, where Casey is up for best actor.