Comedian Sean Hannity is excited about making his feature film debut in the Ayn Rand adaptation "Atlas Shrugged: Part II."
The role doesn't sound like a big stretch for the television host, where he plays... the host of a TV show similar to his own on Fox News Channel. Hannity reportedly lobbied hard for the role, as he was a fan of the first film and the objectivist philosophy expounded in the original Rand novel.
“I was definitely biased going in, but I really enjoyed the first [film]. I must have watched it eight times,” Hannity said. “So I actually promoted it on air, and I sent messages to the filmmakers that I wanted to be in the next one -- and I never wanted to be in anything Hollywood in my whole life!”
Hannity's character is in one scene, participating in a roundtable discussion with fellow Fox contributors Bob Beckel and Juan Williams. The group is arguing the merits of the "Fair Share Act," a regulation designed to redistribute wealth from successful businesses to their less successful counterparts.
“It’s amazing how relevant the movie is to the debate that’s going on in the country, with wealth redistribution, fair-share laws, etc., etc..” said Hannity.
The first film was critically maligned for its low budget and poor execution, and also failed to find its footing at the box office earning just under $5 million of its $20 million budget. I can't help but find the irony of persisting with a sequel despite its financial failure to be objectively quite funny.