Re: [Videolib] Congressman and Presidential Aide Ken Hechler at the

Steve Fesenmaier (
Mon, 11 Aug 2003 11:20:36 -0400

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Ken Hechler at the Movies

Ken was interviewed by Bravo TV for a special they had in August – a
three-hour doc about “All the Presidents’ Movies.” He was flown to DC to
talk about the movies that influenced President Truman. He talked about
the Frank Capra film, “State of the Union” starring Spencer Tracey as a
businessman who had the courage to speak his mind. The producers claimed
the film was a main motive for his run for the presidency. Hechler said
that indeed the film was one of his favs. He watched it with director
Capra and got his own copy. Despite what the producer believed, Margaret
Truman told Ken that the film was NOT a main reason for his decision.
Hechler also talked about “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” Capra’s most
famous political film, and a Bob Hope comedy, “The Princess and the
Pirate.” The entire series was narrated by “West Wing” star Martin
Sheen. One of the funniest stories was about President Carter showing
“Apocalypse Now” to his military people. Their jaws literally dropped.
Sheen was a star of that film. Early in his career Sheen starred in two
Clyde Ware films made in WV and gave Ware the idea for his newest
WV-based film, “Rough Diamonds.” I borrowed the Truman favs from various
WV libraries for Hechler to watch before the interview and taped the
Bravo series for him in August.

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