Newt Gingrich is Brad Pitt: Casting the 2012 Republican primary.

Who Should Really Play Gingrich in the Movie About His Life?

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Feb. 3 2012 5:59 PM

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From the department of grandiose Gingrich ideas: Newt has named Brad Pitt as the actor who should play him in the movie version of his life. The candidate said as much during a phone interview this week on the Rich Stevens Radio Show, after the host asked, “If Hollywood was going to do a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role?”

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Newt’s reply was instantaneous, as if he’d pondered the issue before. Either that or the 1995 and 2000 Sexiest Man Alive (whose past roles include the demigod Achilles) just seemed like the obvious choice.

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“Is it because you guys look alike?” Stevens asked.

“No,” Gingrich replied, honestly. “I don’t look like him at all. He’s thinner, he’s better looking, he’s younger,” he added, in case any Americans were unaware of these facts.

Nonetheless, Newt concluded, “You’ve got to let your imagination soar.”

This got us thinking. Who should actually play Newt Gingrich in the mythical Hollywood film about Newt Gingrich? And if the other candidates got the same question, what would their answers probably be? And what should their answers actually be?

The result of our pondering is this slide show. Enjoy.

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