Ron Paul Will Make Acting Debut in Third Atlas Shrugged Movie

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Ron Paul Will Make Acting Debut in Third Atlas Shrugged Movie

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Former U.S. Congressman will cameo alongside Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and others in conclusion of Ayn Rand trilogy

You're going to have to keep waiting on that Bioshock movie, but the "real" Andrew Ryan's magnum opus is willing itself back into theaters for a third and final push with Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt? - and it's bringing some newsworthy names along with it.

Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul (last seen on movie theater screens being pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno) will make his acting debut in a yet-unspecified role in the film, as will Fox News pundit Sean Hannity, radio personality Glenn Beck and political activist Grover Norquist. As was the case with the previous two installments, new stars will take over all of the leading roles - almost no role has been played by the same actor throughout the series (of note: Star Trek: DS9's Armin Shimmerman, the voice of Andrew Ryan in Bioshock, had a small role in Part I, while Super Mario Bros: The Movie's Samantha Mathis played Dagny Taggart in Part II).

Set amid an economic collapse in a dystopian United States, Shrugged principally concerns a group of industrialists, businessmen and artists who band together under the leadership of an enigmatic inventor to liberate others like them from government persecution and "ride out" the near-apocalypse so as to rebuild in its aftermath. The book (and films) are primarily intended as a narrative illustration of author Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy.

While the feature film trilogy (the previous two installments of which were both critically-panned box-office failures) is the passion project of wealthy fitness-equipment entrepreneur John Aglialoro, this most recent installment was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign. The final installment will be directed by James Manera, whose previous credits include a television documentary and a single episode of Nash Bridges.

Source: THR

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Oh man, if all goes well this may be more hilarious than Nicolas Cage in freaking Left Behind! Oh I sincerely hope this is B-Movie material!

On another note, wont all of part 3 just be the speech? After all, I don't imagine the Randroids would like having anything in Rands magnum opus to be changed or summarized, even if not doing so would be ridiculous.

What about Bruno? Doesn't that count?

Ugh. Can't this terrible book just fade into obscurity? If preaching an incredibly retarded view of economics wasn't enough, now it's going to launch the acting career of Grover Norquist.

...well...when all else fails, go into acting, it seems...

Shamanic Rhythm:
Ugh. Can't this terrible book just fade into obscurity? If preaching an incredibly retarded view of economics wasn't enough, now it's going to launch the acting career of Grover Norquist.

Rand preached something that is very popular to Americans right now, so I doubt we'll see it go anywhere. Though if we're lucky, maybe the "libertarians" will finally build their offshore society and offload themselves from the mainland. Then again, the last few times they tried that it didn't work out so well.

Micah Weil:
...well...when all else fails, go into acting, it seems...

I thought he already was in acting.

"i'm not that familiar with the American political system but i believe this may qualify him for president"...

I can't be the only one who finds the idea of a Movie version of Atlas Shrugged to be ironic, given the whole philosophy is spews like a overturned truck full of ping-pong balls and toxic sludge.

Also, Ron Paul. Bet he's one of the dudes at Galt's farm or the President.

atlas "shrugged" is such an apt name for this garbage.

You know what's hilarious? Part 1 and 2 of this trilogy were huge flops. By the logic of their own philosophy, they really shouldn't have made a third one. Or even a second one.

Are they trying to be subtle anymore?

Zachary Amaranth:

Micah Weil:
...well...when all else fails, go into acting, it seems...

I thought he already was in acting.

One cannot fake sincerity like that...

Shamanic Rhythm:
Ugh. Can't this terrible book just fade into obscurity? If preaching an incredibly retarded view of economics wasn't enough, now it's going to launch the acting career of Grover Norquist.

Considering the pitiful performance and reception of the previous two, I'm surprised they're even bothering to go ahead with it. Hell, I was this surprised when they announced a second one.

Ah yes, the best known work of Ayn Rand, who also produced delightful and enlightened nuggets like this one.
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Geo Da Sponge:
You know what's hilarious? Part 1 and 2 of this trilogy were huge flops. By the logic of their own philosophy, they really shouldn't have made a third one. Or even a second one.

Kind of like how Ayn Rand secretly took advantage of government assistance programs even as she publicly railed against them. Or as some of her most devoted followers might put it when describing someone else, Ayn Rand was a "Welfare Queen".

The scary thing is that Ron's son Rand Paul (yes named after Ayn Rand apparently) is a high profile contender for the next GOP Presidential nomination.

They're STILL making this???? I was certain the Kickstarter would flop. Guess we shouldn't underestimate the tenacity of crazy, contradictory Objectivists.

Aren't many 'anti-welfare state' types, well, 'Welfare Queens/Kings'?
I mean, the cast of Duck 'Goverment Is Bad, Let's Make A Christian State...MMMk?' Dynasty are taking THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of TAX PAYER dollars every WEEK.

OT:
This is kind of sad, but funny, but really very sad.
At the very least the failure of this franchise gives me how that the MAJORITY of mainstream Americans AREN'T nuts.

Geo Da Sponge:
You know what's hilarious? Part 1 and 2 of this trilogy were huge flops. By the logic of their own philosophy, they really shouldn't have made a third one. Or even a second one.

Yes, why the hell WERE these things ever things? They're crap and nobody cares. The only reason anyone would want to pay attention is to put an axe through it.

Zachary Amaranth:

Shamanic Rhythm:
Ugh. Can't this terrible book just fade into obscurity? If preaching an incredibly retarded view of economics wasn't enough, now it's going to launch the acting career of Grover Norquist.

Rand preached something that is very popular to Americans right now, so I doubt we'll see it go anywhere. Though if we're lucky, maybe the "libertarians" will finally build their offshore society and offload themselves from the mainland. Then again, the last few times they tried that it didn't work out so well.

Err... these films are not actually preaching what she said. Yeah, they kept the "government down, the individual is good" part, but they completely ignored the "religion is slavery, family values are terrible, and sexual orientation shouldn't only be straight." They seemed to of stuck all the parts of Objectivism which will be hated by the Bible belt in a closet and pretend it doesn't exist.

I think censorship of ideals also is a big pet peeve of Objectivists as well.

A libertarian idiot acting in a movie specifically designed by libertarian idiots for libertarian idiots.
It's a match made in heaven.

Wait a second? They made the second one? I heard a little about the first at the time but this is literally the first I'm hearing about the 2nd one even exsisting. Was this a limited release thing?

It's Happening! ;) (Seriously though, Ron Paul could have saved the country if everyone opened their eyes back in the Primaries).

Witty Name Here:
On another note, wont all of part 3 just be the speech? After all, I don't imagine the Randroids would like having anything in Rands magnum opus to be changed or summarized, even if not doing so would be ridiculous.

See the length of that sucker? Randroids are going to have to suck it up, there's no way the whole damn thing is going to get into the movie.

OT: I've never seen a movie get forced into theatres as hard as this one...

EDIT: I found out why the second one got released... it was released by Atlas Productions.

It's the only film they've ever produced. >__>

The free market says that we don't need these movies.

synobal:
The free market says that we don't need these movies.

So does common sense, and basic human decency.

O.T. I am honestly greatly relieved these movies didn't do well. It means other Americans aren't as crazy as I thought, and the fewer people exposed to Rand's crazy, the better.

Well, the second movie was far and away better than the first one, so there's a 50-50 chance the next one will make for something acceptable... which oddly reminds me of my journey through the Star Wars prequels. Honestly the movies have been something of a chore, and it's pretty obvious that these movies are being made for the purpose of saying there has finally been a film adaptation. Not sure what those who strongly disagree with the views are so worried about, the movies are bound for obscurity cause there's very little going for them. Worst thing that'll happen is that it's going to be mentioned in some nostalgia show 20 to 30 years from now as something that happened.

Sleekit:
"i'm not that familiar with the American political system but i believe this may qualify him for president"...

Yeah, but he'll get wrecked when he faces off against Kim Kardashian in 2016.

Ratty:
The scary thing is that Ron's son Rand Paul (yes named after Ayn Rand apparently) is a high profile contender for the next GOP Presidential nomination.

If he keeps saying stupid shit about women's bodies, gay people, etc, they Republican members of the party who aren't Tea Party affiliates will probably push for somebody like Chris Christie. He may have that bridge scandal, but he doesn't have much of a record of vocally being a douchebag.

Tea Party is tearing the GOP apart, and I said four years ago - the Democratic party will have a huge advantage in 2016 because of it.

When you fail at politics, what's the next thing you do? Fail at acting.

When will people realise that greedily is not the way to live, see collectivism is essentially, be a greedy twat. Hopefully this film fail at the box office, maybe it'll the point across.

008Zulu:
When you fail at politics, what's the next thing you do? Fail at acting.

The correct route it to be an actor first, then a politician. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Reagan did that and both had success.

008Zulu:
When you fail at politics, what's the next thing you do? Fail at acting.

He's like a reverse Ronald Reagan! Reverse Reagan 2012!

Ratty:
Ah yes, the best known work of Ayn Rand, who also produced delightful and enlightened nuggets like this one.
image

Geo Da Sponge:
You know what's hilarious? Part 1 and 2 of this trilogy were huge flops. By the logic of their own philosophy, they really shouldn't have made a third one. Or even a second one.

Kind of like how Ayn Rand secretly took advantage of government assistance programs even as she publicly railed against them. Or as some of her most devoted followers might put it when describing someone else, Ayn Rand was a "Welfare Queen".

The scary thing is that Ron's son Rand Paul (yes named after Ayn Rand apparently) is a high profile contender for the next GOP Presidential nomination.

God, I hate that woman and her philosophies. "Welfare Queen" indeed. There;s a word for people this, but I can't exactly think of it right now...

GamerMage:

Ratty:
Ah yes, the best known work of Ayn Rand, who also produced delightful and enlightened nuggets like this one.
image

Geo Da Sponge:
You know what's hilarious? Part 1 and 2 of this trilogy were huge flops. By the logic of their own philosophy, they really shouldn't have made a third one. Or even a second one.

Kind of like how Ayn Rand secretly took advantage of government assistance programs even as she publicly railed against them. Or as some of her most devoted followers might put it when describing someone else, Ayn Rand was a "Welfare Queen".

The scary thing is that Ron's son Rand Paul (yes named after Ayn Rand apparently) is a high profile contender for the next GOP Presidential nomination.

God, I hate that woman and her philosophies. "Welfare Queen" indeed. There;s a word for people this, but I can't exactly think of it right now...

Hypocrites or Self-righteous or bitch or average TEA-party member
choose which one sounds best

But anyway, I'm still waiting for an objectivist to address the following:

1. Why prioritizing short-term wins and breaking the social contract leads anywhere useful, especially considering we've seen plenty of examples on how this hurts everyone including the person thinking they're getting an advantage

2. How anything can be objective when it's a subject to moral luck

3. Generational wealth. It's the right to do whatever you want with your money (leave to your kids), when it means locking out potentially more capable people from competing.

4. You guys realize that this philosophy has been hell for the planet and is actively preventing us from doing anything about it, right?

5. Why go this extreme when Anarcho-capitalism is subject to the same human factors that cause other systems to fail?

I would say that continuing to flog an idea when it's clearly failed on the market level is hypocrisy for someone advocating a Randian ideal, but as Rand herself was apparently more than a bit of a hypocrite to a Randian ideal, maybe there's a certain symmetry.

Micah Weil:
One cannot fake sincerity like that...

Alan Shore had it down. I mean, I know he's not a real person, but I'm not convinced Dr. Paul is, either. I suspect him of being a collaboration between Jim Henson and Andy Kaufman.

Not G. Ivingname:

Err... these films are not actually preaching what she said. Yeah, they kept the "government down, the individual is good" part, but they completely ignored the "religion is slavery, family values are terrible, and sexual orientation shouldn't only be straight." They seemed to of stuck all the parts of Objectivism which will be hated by the Bible belt in a closet and pretend it doesn't exist.

I think censorship of ideals also is a big pet peeve of Objectivists as well.

I didn't say that the message was repeated verbatim and was popular verbatim. In fact, I love the fact that so many of the Rand heads in the US are also professed and devout Christians. I loved it when Paul Ryan came under fire when some Christian group or another actually called him on it and he had to about-face. I find it weird that more Rand followers didn't take that kind of shit, but hey, I can't get everything I want for Christmas.

(not to single out Christians, I just don't know of any prominent American politicians who belong to another religion and worship at the altar of Ayn. If anyone can name a Jewish or Wiccan case, that will similarly amuse me. IT's just funny hearing "Jesus" and "Ayn Rand" uttered together so frequently).

kajinking:
Wait a second? They made the second one? I heard a little about the first at the time but this is literally the first I'm hearing about the 2nd one even exsisting. Was this a limited release thing?

Instead, the Lizard people won their thirty second consecutive Presidential race.

Well, Keith Olbermann was a cameo on the Simpsons.

Good god I miss that man. (On TV)

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