Mass. Gov Debuts As Movie Critic
BOSTON (AP) _ Have no fear, Roger Ebert.
Gov. Paul Cellucci made his debut Monday as a film critic at a TV station with this review of ``Mission: Impossible 2″: ``If you’re a little tired, that’s the movie to go to because you won’t fall asleep.″
The Republican governor, a movie buff who some say resembles Robert DeNiro, even did his best impersonation of his favorite actor.
``Are you talkin’ to me?″ Cellucci deadpanned, mimicking DeNiro’s line from ``Taxi Driver.″
Cellucci was not paid for his appearance on the morning news program on WLVI _ a segment the station hopes will become a monthly feature.
Cellucci’s affection for the cinema is well-known.
Aides say the governor goes to the movies once or twice a week. He annually shares his picks for the Academy Awards, and he lobbies endlessly for directors to film in Massachusetts. A signed photo of DeNiro hangs in Cellucci’s office _ a gift from the actor’s cousin, a Massachusetts resident.
On Monday’s appearance on ``Boston’s WB in the Morning,″ host Stephanie Leydon asked Cellucci briefly about a teacher retirement bill he vetoed on Sunday _ then moved quickly into more pressing business.
How about that new ``Gladiator″ movie?
With the screen labeling him ``Governor Paul Cellucci, Movie Critic,″ Cellucci pronounced it ``a good summer movie.″
``It’s action-packed and it’s got some drama,″ he said.
The governor’s delivery may need some polishing if he hopes to take it out of Beantown. His heavy Boston accent made ``drama″ sound more like ``drah-mer.″
Cellucci also gave a thumbs-up to ``Mission: Impossible 2,″ though he said parts of it were hard to believe. And he predicted the not-yet- released ``The Perfect Storm″ would be the year’s biggest film. (Perhaps because part of it was filmed here and it’s based on a Massachusetts story?)
WLVI invited Cellucci to appear once a month to review movies, but an aide to the governor said he has not yet decided if his work schedule will allow it.
He has managed to squeeze in a little bit of Hollywood during his administration. On a trade mission to California last year, the governor filmed a cameo for TV’s ``Ally McBeal.″
In fact, the governor once said his life has some showbiz elements, with the state troopers as chauffers, the big office and the constant attention.
``I guess it’s a little bit like being in a movie,″ he once said. ``But I’m not acting. I’m really doing the job.″