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“The Romney Years”: Cameras and Guns

All the average citizen wants is a bayonet through the skull as he/she rides his/her high horse across the moral high ground.

Story by Jean Luc Dogard - matt@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by Jake Remington

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Upon returning from a cabin in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania, the characters of the new film “The Romney Years” granted me a short interview.

What is your first childhood memory?

Ryan: My father holding me up and spitting Old Overholt in my face, and when I cried he called me a momma’s boy.

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Frank: Jumping over water from a hose in my father’s garage and the smell of gas.

Al: My father sent me to buy milk from the bodega ’round the corner… A buncha bums were encircling another homeless guy, pokin’ him with sticks. He was dead.

What’s your take on US foreign policy?

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Photo © Jake Remington

Don: All the average citizen wants is a bayonet through the skull as he/she rides his/her high horse across the moral high ground. Uncle Sam no longer provides that opportunity. All our wars take place on a different plain, soldiers riding some lesser beast…

Frank: Randy Newman “Political Science”

Al: In the summers, when I ain’t workin’, I like to play dominoes with the old Puerto Rican fellas on the block.

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Photo © Jake Remington

What’s your favorite meal of the day and why?

Ryan: Sliced apples in butter.

Don: Contain yourself, Ryan.

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Photo © Jake Remington

Ryan: Okay.

Pros and cons of Capitalism/Communism?

Don: It is not the system that matters, it is the abuses of said system that matter.

Ryan: Capitalism is great so I can go out and buy fun dip. Communism enables me to wear drab clothes.

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Photo © Jake Remington

Al: Rent’s through the fuckin’ roof, but only god knows how many little knuckle heads I’d have runnin’ around Brooklyn if they didn’t have the day after pill.

Thoughts on marriage? Gun control?

Don: None.

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Photo © Jake Remington

If you could live a film, which one would you choose?

Ryan: A film? I’d probably want to live “World Trade Center” just because I think it would be fun to get a pretzel over there and then visit ground zero and get a picture taken with the Ayatollah. God Bless You.

Frank: “The Point” by Harry Nilsson, because even when you haven’t got a point, you may have a point.

Don: I resent the question. Speaking in hypotheticals is a habit employed by ineffective men. Men of truth and honor speak directly, in declarative sentences, and never in the future-conditional tense.

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

Photo © Jake Remington

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