PartyLines- photographs by Patrick McMullan

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‘In the Loop’ Screening Presented by Cinema Society & ‘The New Yorker’

IFC Center and Scuderia. July 13, 2009. By Bennett Marcus

Is there anything special you would do if you were the president? “I’d be on that fucking Air Force One a lot. And if I wanted to go to New York, and people gave me shit for taking my wife on a fucking date, I’d tell them to go fuck themselves. ’Cause you know what women are like!” —Tom Arnold

James Gandolfini

You star in this movie about politics. What’s the first thing you would do if you were a politician? “I’d legalize prostitution and make it free on welfare.” —Steve Coogan

Malin Akerman

Did you ever consider putting Sarah Palin references into the movie? “No. No one would have believed it. People would have said it was too unrealistic.” —Armando Iannucci, Director

Famke Janssen

You play a politician in the movie. If you were a politician, would you be Barack Obama, Gordon Brown, or Sarah Palin? “Who wouldn’t be Barack Obama? No matter what, this is just an extraordinary human being.” —David Rasche

Olivia Chantecaille

Since you play an ambitious State Department aide, did you ever want to have an affair with a politician? “I campaigned very hard for a love scene, because I feel that’s what the public wants—an actor that they don’t know who has a weird, gawky body doing a love scene. Oddly enough, the powers that be rejected that idea.” —Zach Woods

John Ventimiglia

Duncan Sheik

If James Gandolfini were a politician, who would he be? “I see him as a, you know, Rudy Giuliani type.” So, do you follow politics? “No. I didn’t even vote this year. I’m not registered. I’m not a Communist, either. Don’t blacklist me.” —Vincent Pastore

Bobby Kennedy III

If you were the president, who would be your First Lady: Michelle Obama or Carla Bruni? “Tom Arnold.” Why? “Look at him. He’s America’s greatest piece of ass.” —Danny Strong

Ben Shenkman

Nicole Miller

If James Gandolfini were a politician, who would he be? “I think he’d be unemployed. But that’s just me.” —Tony Sirico

Federico Castelluccio

Do you ever want to become a politician? “No. I’m not a good liar, and I have my own hair.” —Zach Galifianakis

Beth Ostrosky

Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Who is more attractive—Barack Obama or Gordon Brown? “Is that a question? Obama. It’s really obvious. He’s a great man, that’s what makes him really handsome.” —Doutzen Kroes

Olympia Dukakis

William Sadler

Do you use a Kindle? “Yes. But I ordered the Daily Beast on Kindle, and the Huffington Post came up. So I was going to put in a complaint. But I like the Huffington Post, so I don’t care.” —Billy Connolly

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