That well hung Weiner man is back!
No matter what he says or does hereafter, how can you take this fellow seriously?
Clare L. Pieuk
Can a new film make Anthony Weiner more than just a punch line?
By Stephanie Merry
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Anthony Weiner’s name was always an easy punch line — in a grade-school insult kind of way. But the former congressman all but gift-wrapped the joke when he accidentally broadcast a picture of his bulging boxer briefs on Twitter in 2011. An unfortunate moniker became a fitting one. The New York Post had a field day.
But there’s more to the man than extramarital sexting. That’s what documentarians Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg set out to prove with “Weiner,” a fascinating account of the Brooklyn native’s failed bid to become New York City’s mayor in 2013.
Before he was a filmmaker, Kriegman worked in politics as Weiner’s chief of staff in the mid-aughts. But before you assume that the movie was a favor to Kriegman’s former boss, consider this: Weiner isn’t thrilled about the documentary, which has been gaining buzz since winning the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
He doesn’t want to talk about it, he said via email — he hasn’t even seen the movie. He elaborated a bit on“Larry King Now” in February, complaining that the filmmakers used clips of his wife, Huma Abedin, without her permission. Of course, there’s considerable interest in seeing her onscreen, because she’s long been one of Hillary Clinton’s closest confidantes. And there’s something inexplicably gripping about watching the inner workings of a struggling marriage.
But there was also his pride.
“Look, I know how the story ends,” Weiner told King. “I’m not eager to watch it and relive it.”
Steinberg and Kriegman began working together a few years ago, directing a PBS special about prison reform, for example. But they were both interested in a verité-style character study. Kriegman thought Weiner would be a good subject but didn’t think it would pan out after he floated the idea and got a tepid response. But on the day Weiner announced he was going to run for mayor (for the second time; he also ran in 2005), he texted Kriegman and asked whether the director wanted to come over with a camera.
“I literally ran over there,” Kriegman said. “And, as you saw in the film, was by his side from the day he announced he was running all the way through to the end of the election.”