Kevin McCarthy, a veteran of many genres of film and stage productions, and a founder of the Actors Studio, died Saturday in Cape Cod at 96. He was best known for his role in the 1956 version of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers.
It was not, he is quoted in the New York Times obit as saying, about McCarthyism.
The movie, selected for the National Film Registry in 1994 and named one of the Top 10 science fiction films of all time by the American Film Institute in 2008, came to be regarded as a metaphor for the paranoia of the era’s Communist witch hunts. But the film’s leading man, like many moviegoers at the time, saw it differently, as a warning about mindless conformity. “I thought it was really about the onset of a kind of life where the corporate people are trying to tell you how to live, what to do, how to behave,” Mr. McCarthy told The Bangor Daily News in Maine in 1997.
And since he was in the movie, and his name was McCarthy, after all, we'll take his word on it.