Andy Barth: Journalist. Flak. Movie star?
Andy Barth wrote an op-ed in today's Sun about a bit part he landed in Game Change, an HBO made for TV movie about the 2008 presidential election that is being filmed in Baltimore. Barth plays a political journalist and his one-line part involves a woman-on-the-street interview with a Sarah Palin supporter. The supporter is at a Palin rally, and Barth provides an amusing anecdote about how hundreds of extras must cheer in the background each time he does a take of the scene.
It's a role that pulls together a number of previous jobs that Barth has held. He was a real journalist for WMAR. He also ran for Congress unsuccessfully (as a Democrat). Most recently he was a spokesman for Ehrlich's 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Memorable work included a series of web videos about the campaign where Barth pretended to be a reporter.
HBO, however, has been courted by both parties in Maryland. Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley offered HBO execs and the movie industry a $2 million tax break this year. The legislature added $7.5 million. Ehrlich too wanted to attract movies to Maryland, and pledged that had he been elected governor he would have offered money to the industry.