Rick Perry Finally Gets the Filmmaker He Deserves


One of the strangest pairings of the presidential campaign was the match between somnolent Midwestern governor Tim Pawlenty and his over-the-top, action-movie-style admaker Lucas Baiano. The pairing resulted in such bizarre politico-artistic creations as this adrenaline-pumping ad:

Now Pawlenty is out, and Baiano has signed up with Rick Perry, who actually carries around a gun and threatens to kill people. It’s the perfect match of filmmaker and star — the Scorsese–De Niro collaboration of political ads.

Baiano doesn’t even need the dramatic soundtrack and quick cuts to make Perry come off like a late-eighties Stallone action vehicle. He can just do cinema vérité. Here is the pair’s first collaboration: