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House GOP Finds Rallying Cry In Violent Affleck Flick: ‘Let’s Hurt Some People’

At Closed-Door Meeting Yesterday, GOP Leaders Play Scene From Grisly Movie To Rally The Troops On Debt Plan



Washington Post: House GOP Leadership Showed Violent Scene From “The Town” Tuesday To Entire Caucus for Inspiration

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the party’s vote counter, began his talk by showing a clip from the movie, “The Town”, trying to forge a sense of unity among the independent-minded caucus. One character asks his friend: “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later.’ ‘Whose car are we gonna take,’ the character says. [Washington Post, 7/26/11]

Controversial Congressman Allen West Responded Enthusiastically to the Video.

“I’m ready to drive the car,” West replied, surprising many Republicans by giving his full-throated support for the plan.  [Washington Post, 7/26/11]

Next Scene In Movie Shows Characters Committing Violent Assault.

“In the movie, the characters then put on hockey masks and bludgeon two men with sticks, then shoot one man in the leg.”  [Think Progress, 7/27/11]

Film’s Director/Star Responded to Video Being Shown, Said It Was Bizarre.

“On Wednesday, Affleck — who wrote and directed “The Town” — said that he too found the whole scenario a touch bizarre. And in a statement his spokesperson provided to The Huffington Post, he suggested that Republicans use a different one of his movies next time they need to whip votes. ‘I don’t know if this is a compliment or the ultimate repudiation,’ said the actor, who is currently in Turkey directing and starring in Argo, an adaptation of the Tehran hostage crisis. ‘But if they’re going to be watching movies, I think “The Company Men” is more appropriate.’ That latter Affleck flick focuses on the plight of middle age men who have been laid off during the recession. [Huffington Post, 7/27/11]