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article imageOp-Ed: Gingrich: Brad Pitt could play me in movie

By Tucker Cummings     Feb 1, 2012 in Politics
If you were casting the lead in a Newt Gingrich biopic, who would you pick? If it was up to Newt himself, he'd want none other than Brad Pitt.
In a recent interview with the Rich Stevens radio show, Newt was asked "If Hollywood was going to do a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role?"
The Republican candidate answered, "Oh, in my fantasy life? Brad Pitt."
The host asked Newt if it was because they shared any physical similarities, and Newt admitted that the A-list star is of course much thinner, younger, and better looking.
So, what does this response reveal about the candidate's mental state and self-image? Kind of a lot, actually. He wishes he was more popular than he is (which would give him an edge over Mitt Romney.) Also, he must not have a huge mental Rolodex of actors, because there are plenty of choices who would be much better: think Phillip Seymour Hoffman, for example. Picking Pitt to be his doppelganger shows that Newt sees himself as a super-star, and doesn't have the brainpower to think of creative solutions to even the most simple of questions.
For a candidate who recently outlined a pretty bold and fairly unrealistic plan for setting up a lunar colony, this latest soundbite sounds like more egotistical ramblings from a candidate who is disconnected from reality.
Despite losing Florida, Newt is ready to let his "imagination soar," when it comes to his campaign dreams and his hopes for a biopic.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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