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Rick Santorum’s Lost Movie Project

By Alyssa Rosenberg  

"Rick Santorum’s Lost Movie Project"

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Now that Mitt Romney’s finally given us his tax returns, we’re all out of luck on Republican document dumps for a while, right? Wrong! I was Nexising around yesterday, and found out this delightful tidbit. In 2007, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported that Rick Santorum, adjusting to his role as a former Senator, was in talks with Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ movie producer Stephen McEveety about working together on a movie project. And not just any movie project, but a look at three Iranian brothers, one of whom eventually becomes a terrorist.

This was, of course, just a couple of month after Santorum, who landed at the Ethics and Public Policy Center after he lost his Senate seat, gave a speech where he started spinning a theory about an alliance between “Islamacists,” lefitsts regimes in Latin and South America, and American liberals that makes for better paranoid action movie fodder than foreign policy. He told attendees at the Second National Academic Freedom Conference:

It was in a growing alliance between this radical group of Islamacists, particularly Iran, and people in Central and South America, Venezuela, Nicaragua now, Ecuador, Bolivia, and North Korea and other places—that these alliances were forming. And no one was talking about it. In fact, we were ignoring it. You saw the United Nations, when Hugo Chavez got up and called the President a devil. And the American left and the college campuses—they just loved that…They fight us on college campuses, and they fight us in the streets of Central and South American countries, in North Korea, in other places. You’re seeing an alliance grow. There was just an announcement this past week — there is now nonstop service, airplane service, between Karakus and Tehran. Interesting destination. You’re seeing Venezuela, under Hugo Chavez, sign a defense pact with Iran, start a $2 billion anti-American fund for Central and South America, spend more money on arms than any other country—foreign arms sales—than any other country in the world, create a million-person army, spending $30 billion to build forts, and [has] aligned country with Evo Morales in Bolivia to build forts—where? On the border of Chile, on the border of Peru, on the border of Brazil and Argentina and Colombia; facing toward those countries. And who is going to be in those forts? Yes, there’ll be Bolivian troops. But the officers in charge will be Cuban and Venezuelan.

Santorum’s movie doesn’t ever appear to have gotten off the ground, which is too bad—McEveety’s got a movie about the Virgin of Guadalupe, which seems to have less potential to be ridiculous and awesome, coming out. But clearly, Santorum should release the script or script treatment of the movie. How else will we get the critically important look we need at his evolving thinking on our foreign policy with Iran and how best to prevent young men from turning to terrorism?

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