John McCain raised money at the home of Elliott Broidy and his wife, Robin, on Wednesday night, but before that he taped an interview for an upcoming DVD release of “The Hanoi Hilton.”
The 1987 pic, written and directed by Lionel Chetwynd, is a fictitious account of American POWs who were held in Hanoi’s Hoa Lo prison, where McCain spent some of his five and a half years in captivity there.
Chetwynd says that during the interview, McCain talked about how his experience helped shape “his view of the world.”
The movie could undoubtedly help McCain’s campaign remind voters of his Vietnam experience, but it is still uncertain whether it will be released before the election.
Chetwynd, meanwhile, is bullish about McCain’s prospects for garnering Hollywood support — at least more so than by GOP standard bearers in recent cycles. Many of those in the industry who backed Giuliani have come over to the McCain camp, and Democrats will be “much more surprised” at the level of backing McCain garners in the entertainment community, he says.
The fund-raiser, expected to have raised $5 million for the McCain campaign and the Republican party, drew Chetwynd, Lindsey Graham, Tom Selleck, Patricia Heaton, Angie Harmon, Jason Sehorn, Jon Voight, Gary Sinese, Kelsey Grammer, Powers Boothe, Frank Luntz and John Ondrasik. Clint Eastwood couldn’t make it, but sent a check to McCain earlier this year and attended a fund-raiser for the presumptive Republican nominee in March at the home of Jerry Perenchio.
Broidy’s wife, Robin, is a former Fox executive, while Broidy, chairman of a private equity firm, was a stalwart supporter of President Bush.