Wise-cracking US celebrities endorse Iran deal

Morgan Freeman, Jack Black, pictured, and a host of other celebrities star in a video backing Americas' nuclear deal with Iran, wise-cracking their way through an often surreal mixture of Hollywood, politics and diplomacy (AFP Photo/Frazer Harrison)
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Washington (AFP) - Morgan Freeman, Jack Black and a host of other celebrities star in a video backing Americas' nuclear deal with Iran, wise-cracking their way through an often surreal mixture of Hollywood, politics and diplomacy.

The video uploaded this week onto YouTube comes as President Barack Obama's administration tries to sell the agreement to the public and a sceptical Congress.

Washington and five world powers reached an accord earlier this month with Iran that reins in the Islamic republic's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of crippling economic sanctions.

The video starts with a joke comparing nuclear war to being "toasted."

"Most people think toast is delicious, this would not be that kind of toast," Black points out.

The Hollywood cast is then joined by other figures including Jordan's Queen Noor, retired US ambassador Thomas Pickering and former CIA officer Valerie Plame, to explain details of their Iran deal endorsement.

"Look, it is true that if Congress sabotages this deal there would be nothing stopping Iran from getting the bomb," Pickering says.

The video presents war as a likely alternative to the deal.

Plame, whose identity as a spy was leaked in 2003, engages with the comics to drive the point home.

"I don't think you need a surrealistic food metaphor to comprehend the sheer recklessness of a war with Iran," Plame said.

"Once a war begins, the chances of Iran developing a nuclear weapon would only increase," she said before a joke with Black about her revealed identity.

"The agreement currently on the table is the best way to ensure Iran doesn't build a --- bomb," the Oscar-winning Freeman said, with the expletive bleeped out.

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