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An interview with Rick Santorum on his new gig in the film industry

TheDC: Will this affect your decision at all to run for president in 2016?

Santorum: Again, I come back to what I was just saying before, which is I was already working. I have to earn an income. I have to provide for my family. So this is just — instead of doing a whole bunch of different things for a variety of different companies and different ventures — I’m now focused on doing one thing. Some of those other things will have to go to the wayside.

TheDC: Liberals dominate Hollywood. Are conservatives capable of making good movies?

Santorum: Of course we are. I mean, there are conservatives in Hollywood who make good movies. They just don’t make conservative movies because that’s not what gets funded. So I’m absolutely thrilled. I can’t tell you how many people have contacted me already, many from Hollywood, who said, ‘Gosh, we’ve been waiting for the opportunity to go out and make some really good content and the fact that you’re going to be in this space, and you have access to capital and to distribution’ is very exciting to them. I have no doubt that we’ll be able to attract some of the best and brightest.

And look, there’s no litmus test to working for us other than producing good content that’s consistent with the values that our audience, that we believe the audience in America, families in America, want to see. I can guarantee you there are people that have worked on our movies who didn’t vote for Rick Santorum, who voted for Barack Obama, and who don’t necessarily share those values but are willing to do stories that are true and heartfelt and genuine and inspiring and are very happy to have the work. I can tell you one actor who worked on our latest film told our director that he’s excited to finally have worked on a film he can go home and tell his mom about and be proud of. There is an opportunity for folks who want to do good quality work go do uplifting and heartfelt content.

TheDC: Last question. Do you have a favorite movie?

Santorum: I have lots of favorites movies. I say this only because it’s a favorite movie because it’s a sport I love. I’m a huge baseball fan. There are movies I like as much as this, but I sort of single this movie out because I’m a baseball nut and that’s Field of Dreams. That’s always what I put on top, not because it’s necessarily the best movie, but it just pulls at my heart string more than any others.

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