Sarah Palin to star in 'Carrie' remake
On April 1, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced that former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been cast as Chloë Grace Moretz's religious-freak mom in the studio's upcoming remake of Brian De Palma's 1976 horror thriller Carrie. Kimberly Peirce, whose Boys Don't Cry (1999) earned Hilary Swank a Best Actress Academy Award, is set to direct the project. Filming should commence this summer.
“An assistant told me that Carrie's mom keeps telling her in the movie: 'They're all going to laugh at you,'” Palin says. “Well, that's what some folks told me when I accepted the [Republican] nomination, and that's what some other folks have told me now about me accepting to star in a Hollywood movie.” Sticking her tongue out, Palin adds, “Let 'em. I don't give a dong!”
'The Julianne Moore Story'
When asked why MGM would want her for the part, Palin explains that the studio was “impressed with my documentary Undefeated, which won the Oscar this year. And I know that this is an Oscar part. The actress who played Carrie's mom in the other movie, Lauren Pipe I think it was, won an Oscar for it.”
With a wry smile, she adds, “Of course, I'd rather play the lead in 'The Julianne Moore Story.' Maybe that'll be my next movie project. But for now, I'm happy I'll be playing a Woman of Faith, devoted to her daughter and to God.”
'Person of faith'
An unnamed MGM representative told The Guardian that the studio wanted a real “person of faith” to play the role instead of “some heathen actor” pretending to be a true believer.
He added that the studio had initially offered the role of Carrie's mom to Rick Santorum, who “said he liked this magical tale about the healing power of faith in Jesus,” but ultimately felt he had to turn it down because dressing up in drag “might make me look pretty and all, but it'd also alienate my constituency.”
Mitt Romney was also under consideration, but MGM had to give up on him after he insisted that Mel Gibson direct the project.
Both Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie received Oscar nominations for Carrie. The movie itself was a sleeper hit when it came out.
Sarah Palin quotes and Carrie casting information: Source.
Sarah Palin The Undefeated image: ARC Entertainment.