Thursday, January 04, 2007

McCain: Movie Buff

Variety reports that John McCain is a big movie buff.

The White House projectionist better rest up. If John McCain should become the 44th president of the United States, the screening room is going to get some heavy use especially with all those kids and grandkids. If you thought you knew everything there is to know about the senior senator from Arizona, prepare yourself: He's a major movie freak.

Favorite actor:

The senator's favorite actor, however, remains his "Zapata" star: "Of course, Marlon Brando."

Favorite actress:

But for fave actress? "I gotta say Marilyn Monroe. She was one of the great actresses in history. If you ever saw 'Some Like It Hot,' she was a consummate actress. She has so many great scenes.

And favorite movie:

But the senator's all-time favorite film? "It is a bit political in its own way: 'Viva Zapata!' I'm sure I've seen it four or five times, but I haven't seen it quite a few years. It was one of Elia Kazan's least appreciated films. I thought (Emiliano) Zapata was a genuine, authentic, uncorrupted leader who fought to improve the plight of his countrymen. He held true to his principles.

"There were many scenes in the movie, but a few stand out," recalls McCain, who quotes verbatim long stretches of dialogue that recall the perfs of Marlon Brando, Jean Peters and Anthony Quinn.


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