Abramoff just really wanted to direct
Dana Rohrabacher (R-La-La-Land) and Jack Abramoff are good buddies and Rohrabacher just has too much damned integrity to just jump into the feeding frenzy and condemn the guy over a little bribery, tax evasion, conspiracy, fraud, or what have you.
Which is typically a touching gesture. Sacrificing some of your political capital to stand up for an unpopular public figure. Downright noble-seeming even. It might be if being waaay to close to government figures weren't the problem in the first place. Or if Abramoff didn't probably have enough dirt on everyone he's dealt with to lighten his sentence considerably.
But that's not what we're in this post for. This one's more fun. Turns out that Rohrabacher, like Abramoff, had Hollywood aspirations. He wrote a screenplay a while back, prudishly praised by Reagan ("excellent locale for filming purposes plus action & suspense... [but] clean up the language -- a few h--l's & d--n's yes but I'd drop all the words ending in '-itch, --it or -uck.'"), which ultimately got him in a bit of trouble when he, according to Arianna Huffington:
"opened doors in Washington for Joseph Medawar, a small-time Hollywood producer pitching a TV series about the Department of Homeland Security, after Medawar had paid $23,000 to option Baja, a 30-year old script the congressman had written."Abramoff's Hollywood foray, Red Scorpion, was your classic shoot'em up America, fuck yeah! pap featuring Rocky IV's hunk-a-licious Dolph Lundgren.
Arianna has all the goods on the buddy movie world these two ran in. It's appallingly funny. (HuffPost)
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