TV president Martin Sheen tapes anti-ANWR theater ad

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Martin Sheen, the actor who portrays a fictional U.S. president on the TV show ''West Wing,'' has taped a theater ad for a campaign against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The ad, sponsored by the Alaska Wilderness League, is showing in movie theaters in Washington, D.C., and in 12 key states.

''The Arctic Refuge,'' Sheen intones, as golden-hued footage of musk oxen, caribou and bears plays on the screen. ''Is it worth destroying forever, for six months of oil? This is Martin Sheen. Please act now. . . . Together, we can save what's left.''

The ad has been running for several weeks. Campaign director Adam Kolton said 300 theaters have agreed to run it for free, and Sheen didn't charge for his voice-over.

The oft-repeated ''six months of oil'' argument is frustrating to drilling proponents. They say ANWR's oil wouldn't come out all at once and would last at least 20 years.

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