Won the West
The race for governance of California
in 2003 was a milestone in American history, exhibiting a
strain of unconventional measures and wacky antics not normally
seen in electoral politics. Gray
Davis was only a year into his second term when a lobby emerged,
spearheaded and funded by Republican Congressman Darrell Issa,
to recall his election. The unpopular governor was ousted,
and the ensuing race consisted of 135 candidates, many of
them very unlikely. These included Austrian-born bodybuilder
and action film star Arnold Schwarzeneger.
British documentary fillmmaker Alex
Cooke was present and filming the entire process, from the
moment Arnold announced his intention to run on THE TONIGHT
SHOW to his acceptance speech. The resulting documentary presents
an insightful and entertaining examination of the process
by which the Governator assumed office. During this time,
Cooke attended countless staged media events for the campaign,
but never managed an audience with the candidate.
The journey is peppered with eccentric characters, including
Gary Coleman and porn star Marey Carey, both of whom starred
in the reality TV show WHO WANTS TO BE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA?
Also turning in appearances are PENTHOUSE magnate Larry Flynt,
and former US President Bill Clinton.
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