Scaramucci’s quoting of late Penn State coach Joe Paterno makes more sense following a report from the Hollywood Reporter Saturday that states the newly hired communications director is the executive producer of an HBO film on the college football coach.
According to the article, the outspoken White House official will be credited as co-executive producer of HBO biopic Happy Valley, which will focus on the life of recently deceased long-time Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno. Scaramucci was criticized recently for quoting Paterno in an effort to make a broader point about honor and dignity, as the football coach’s lasting memory has been besmirched by his controversial role in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case, which led to Penn State having to vacate wins.
The headline adds Scaramucci’s name to the laundry list of White House execs with their hands in Hollywood. Chief strategist Steve Bannon has more than a dozen producing credits for independent movies, and still cashes in on revered sitcom Seinfeld. President Trump retains a credit on long-running NBC reality show The Apprentice.
Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin has been an executive producer for a plethora of films, such as Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Entourage and American Sniper.
The news is soft for Scaramucci, who has quickly built up a reputation as a bomb-thrower, berating former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus into resignation this week. But a big personality is what Trump asked for, and it is what he has received.
The former Wall Street shark’s other producer credits include The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, a well-received indie starring Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks, and Big Words. He also cameoed in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
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