FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, Richard Linklater, director/co-writer of "Last Flag Flying," poses at the premiere of the film at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. Linklater is the latest celebrity wading into the tight U.S. Senate race in Texas with a social media ad attacking Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Filmmaker Richard Linklater directs anti-Ted Cruz web ad

October 09, 2018 - 1:49 pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Filmmaker Richard Linklater is the latest celebrity wading into the tight U.S. Senate race in Texas with a social media ad attacking Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

The "Boyhood" and "Dazed and Confused" director made a 30-second spot for a political action committee backed by Cruz opponents. It doesn't mention Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke, who has campaigned on rejecting outside groups' money but can't control their actions.

The ad revives a character from Linklater's 2011 film "Bernie," who mocks Cruz for embracing President Donald Trump after the billionaire insulted his family during the 2016 presidential campaign.

During a debate in September, Cruz said he put aside personal feelings after the election to do his job.

Country music legend Willie Nelson held a concert for O'Rourke last month in Austin.

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