Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas is best remembered for playing Spartacus, the leader of a slave uprising in Ancient Rome.
The movie, which is regarded as one of Hollywood's greatest, was said to have been an allusion to the history of 1950s in the United States in regard to the civil rights movement and the investigation of suspected communists.
A lot of progress has been made since then, but it seems that the commentary of the original film can still be applied on today's society wherein a climate of fear and distrust regarding equal rights for all still permeate.
And now, just like the character he portrayed on film, 99 year old Kirk Douglas is standing up and fighting against what many believe is an incoming tide of oppression.
In a moving and powerful essay published by The Huffington Post -- and without naming names -- the actor compared Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump's rhetoric to that of Adolf Hitler.
"I’ve also lived through the horrors of a Great Depression and two World Wars, the second of which was started by a man who promised that he would restore his country it to its former greatness," he wrote, alluding to Hitler. "I was 16 when that man came to power in 1933. For almost a decade before his rise he was laughed at ― not taken seriously. He was seen as a buffoon who couldn’t possibly deceive an educated, civilized population with his nationalistic, hateful rhetoric ... The 'experts' dismissed him as a joke. They were wrong."
He, then, got to the gist of it and quoted words that Trump have said:
"A few weeks ago we heard words spoken in Arizona that my wife, Anne, who grew up in Germany, said chilled her to the bone. They could also have been spoken in 1933: 'We also have to be honest about the fact that not everyone who seeks to join our country will be able to successfully assimilate. It is our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish here ... [including] new screening tests for all applicants that include an ideological certification to make sure that those we are admitting to our country share our values'."
"These are not the American values that we fought in World War II to protect," he pointed out. "Until now, I believed I had finally seen everything under the sun. But this was the kind of fear-mongering I have never before witnessed from a major U.S. presidential candidate in my lifetime."
He reflected on a future that he, as a man nearing a 100 years of age, may not see, but still cares about:
"I have lived a long, good life. I will not be here to see the consequences if this evil takes root in our country. But your children and mine will be. And their children. And their children’s children."