This week’s guest: Nick Searcy
Like a big guy is nicknamed “Tiny,” Nick Searcy became an international film and television star by playing Democrats. My favorite Nick Searcy Democrat to hate is “Frank Bennett” from Fried Green Tomatoes. On playing Democrats, Searcy said, “I’m good at playing Democrats. I think of a man. Then I take away reason, accountability, conscience, common sense, love for my fellow man, and hygiene.”
In addition to Fried Green Tomatoes, Searcy is best known for his role as “Art Mullen” (not a Democrat) in the TV series Justified, as well as roles in Oscar-winning movies, including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Moneyball, Cast Away, The Shape of Water, and The Prince of Tides. Honestly, I don’t even remember the names of any other actors in those movies.
Searcy is the producer of two documentaries, Capitol Punishment and America! America! God Shed His Grace on Thee.
Of course that all pales in comparison to what he called “the greatest role I’ve ever been assigned” — guest host for Rush Limbaugh.
Pop Culture Warriors with Lisa De Pasquale is an interview column dedicated to the significant work of freedom lovers who chose the path of more resistance. Not only are these pop culture warriors fighting the predominant groupthink in entertainment, but also the predominant groupthink on the right side of politics that entertainment doesn’t matter or that the pop culture war is lost. The purpose of this column is to highlight their projects and contributions to expand freedom in new, exciting, and counterculture ways.
What do you think Andrew Breitbart meant by “politics is downstream from culture”?
He meant that what we absorb in the culture when we are growing up, by watching TV, going to movies, etc. shapes how we view politics without most of us ever realizing that it does. This is why he meant that we as conservatives have to get in the game of creating content, or our way of looking at the world will be demonized and dismissed by an entire generation of people who only see the Left’s point of view in their entertainment as they grow up — which is why America is in the hellish, divisive state we are in now. It isn’t an accident. It is the direct result of conservatives not participating in the creation of popular entertainment.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by those who have a singular voice and are not afraid to express it, even when it might cut against the grain of popular opinion. The people that inspire me are ideologically quite diverse. I would count Sylvester Stallone, Rush Limbaugh, Charles Bukowski, Spike Lee, Andy Kaufman, Gene Hackman, Dave Chappelle, Rodney Carrington, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ric Flair among them. I revere those who are not afraid of expressing their honest opinions in their chosen fields, and I aspire to be as brave as they are in my own work.
What was your childhood pop culture obsession?
Rocky changed my life in high school and probably made me commit myself fully to being an actor/director. The story of Stallone sticking to his guns and turning down the paycheck for the script to star in the movie drove me throughout my 20s and 30s. Meeting him will remain one of my favorite memories.
What was your first concert and how did you get there?
Linda Ronstadt and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Western Carolina University around 1974. I went there chasing the gal who would become my high school girlfriend. She was a dangerous hippie type and I was a basketball playing jock. I got really scared because she smoked a joint with some people there and I thought at the time that she was going to die right in front of me. But she was beautiful and a great singer, and I played the piano for her talent show performances. We won a LOT. We managed to stay together for almost 3 years.
Tell us about the last movie, TV show, book you consumed for entertainment.
Just finished A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Just a wonderfully, detailed and enthralling book set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution and the advance of the brutal communist state in the former USSR. A terrific example of story-telling that could affect the culture in a positive way. It reminded me of a book and movie I read and consumed in high school, NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA, which also changed my life and revealed the horrors of totalitarian communism better than any textbook could have done.
What would you say to readers who say they’ve opted out of the pop culture war?
The war will go on with you or without you. “The only way that evil can triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Opting out is abdicating your responsibility and basically giving in to the winning side, whether that side is evil or good. This is how every totalitarian regime takes power, by a majority of the citizenry bowing their heads and saying “I just don’t want to fight.”
This is what is happening in America right now. By not standing up to the mask mandate nonsense, and the vaccine mandate tyranny, and the Teachers’ Unions telling parents they don’t have the right to know what their children are being taught, we are abdicating our responsibilities and placing our heads on the chopping block.
What can Human Events readers do to support you and your projects?
Send money! Or go to capitolpunishmentthemovie.com, and purchase my newest film, go to shedhisgrace.com and purchase the film I made before that, and watch out for the feature films REAGAN starring Dennis Quaid, THE OLD WAY with Nicolas Cage, and TERROR ON THE PRAIRIE with Gina Carano, all coming out in 2022.