Ron Paul to Make Acting Debut in 'Atlas Shrugged' Movie

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 03:44 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Former presidential candidate Ron Paul is set to make his acting debut in the third installment of the "Atlas Shrugged" film trilogy, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck, Fox News host Sean Hannity will also appear in the film "Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?," based on the latter stages of author and objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand's 1957 novel, "Atlas Shrugged."

The book tells the story of a U.S. economy in the midst of collapse after leading industrialists begin mysteriously disappearing when they fight back against government taxation and over-regulation.

"'Atlas Shrugged' is a fantastic book, but it's much more than a story, it's a philosophy," Paul said. "It's influenced millions of people already, and because of its greatness it's going to influence a lot of people."

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The film's producer, Harmon Kaslow, said the movie's theme is an inspiration to Libertarians like Paul, as well as tea party activists and other conservatives, so he sought out politicians and political pundits with similar views.

Matt Kibbe, head of tea party group FreedomWorks, also appears in the film along with Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reforms, radio talk show host Andrew Wilkow and Fox News regular panelist Jonathan Hoenig, who founded the Capitalist Pig fund.

Kaslow said several small roles were written with well-known political figures in mind, according to the Reporter, noting that Paul and Beck will play TV commentators covering a speech by primary character John Galt, played by actor Kris Polaha.

"I love 'Atlas Shrugged'…who could say no?" said Beck.

Kaslow said, "We told them it's better for us to be themselves, and we got some golden moments. We just showed Glenn Beck and Ron Paul our John Galt giving his speech, and told them to give their honest opinion."

Hannity and Wilkow also play commentators in the movie while Norquist and talk- show hosts Rusty Humphries and Phil Valentine portray political cronies, says the entertainment publication.

Kibbe plays a man who starts a grassroots campaign to support Galt, who's at the center of the mystery surrounding the missing industrialists.

"These are people who speak to our audience, and all of them have showed an affinity for the book, so it made sense to reach out to them," Kaslow added.

Paul, a two-time GOP presidential candidate and one-rime Libertarian candidate, is the father of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, but he said last year that his son was not named after Ayn Rand despite his love of the book.

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