Quo Vadimus

Friday, July 30, 2004


John Burton plays himself.

Some PTA news from this article:

With the budget battle behind him and term limits on the horizon, state Senate President John Burton appears to be entertaining a new role in life -- Hollywood actor.

No kidding, Arnold.

Word is that the San Francisco Democrat, who will see the curtain drop on his long public service career at year's end, has been offered a role that's still being written for him in a film by Paul Thomas Anderson, the director-producer whose credits include "Hard Eight," "Boogie Nights," "Magnolia" and "Punch-Drunk Love."

"He plays a grouchy, loudmouth politician, so it won't be much of a stretch," said Burton's L.A. attorney pal Paul Gough, who also happens to be Anderson's uncle.

Gough says that when Burton and Anderson ran into each other Thursday night at the high-profile Kate Mantillini eatery on Wilshire Boulevard, the producer warned the senator that just because he was comfortable talking to a TV camera doesn't mean he's ready for film.

"Sometimes, politicians will freeze up in front of the movie camera," Anderson said.

"Yeah," shot back Burton. "You mean the way actors freeze up when testifying before the Senate."

posted by Linus | 7:26 AM