Re: Break a Leg, Glenn Beck

by Patrick Brennan

Below, Tim praises Glenn Beck’s increasing distaste for politics and his foray into the movie-making business, noting a Hollywood Reporter story about it — somewhat surreally billed as an “exclusive,” since it essentially doesn’t include one bit of news that wasn’t in Eliana’s superb and fascinating piece a month or so ago for NRO about Beck’s transformation.

There are plenty of other interesting aspects to her conversation with Beck besides this, but THR writes that he’s working on three movies, one about ancient history, one about modern history, and one that’s faith-based, without offering any details. Eliana has them. The faith-based one is about Christmas:

One of his films will tell the “real story of Christmas.” The tale is not real at all but intends to reclaim a holiday Beck believes has been excessively commercialized. “It came from me trying to keep my kids in the right frame of mind for Christmas,” he says, and in the film he’ll “use what culture already has and accepts and loves and turn that around for the real message of Christmas.”

And the one about modern history is about Thomas Edison, who Beck thinks should be reviled:

Another film will “expose the truth” about Thomas Edison, a villain Beck thinks has gotten a break from historians and whose real story demonstrates our flawed understanding of the 20th century. Though remembered as “this nice, kind of, good old Thomas,” Beck explains, “he was really a bad man who was electrocuting animals.” Edison “was absolutely on the wrong end, and luckily for him the story ended happily with his name being taken off his own company and given to GE,” he says. “And all the people he tried to destroy and screw — he was screwed.” Beck is getting animated. “In the end, he was screwed, and with the same tactics he used on everybody else. I think that’s the story that needs to be told about Thomas Edison: He was a bad man.”

As bad as Woodrow Wilson? Let’s not get carried away.