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Steve Bannon Is Returning to Hollywood to Make Westerns — Report

The former White House chief strategist's résumé includes Sean Penn's "The Indian Runner," Julie Taymor's "Titus," and the dismantling of American democracy.

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon

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Steve Bannon, known as Stephen K. Bannon on his IMDB page, is reportedly making plans to return to his first love: Making movies. According to Page Six, Bannon has been taking meetings with “movie companies,” specifically with an eye toward making Westerns. Bannon’s rise to fame is as strange and ominous as Donald Trump’s; he landed at Breitbart news after producing a slew of right-wing political documentaries, causing Andrew Breitbart to call him the Leni Reifenstahl of the Tea Party movement. In a cruel twist of fate, he also earns ‘Seinfeld’ royalties.

Now, the architect of the alt-right movement is hoping to parlay his skills rallying white supremacists into Hollywood success once again. “The Western thing actually makes sense when you consider his strategy with Trump,” once source, told Page Six. “Maybe [Bannon] thinks there’s an untapped market for movies about John Wayne-style alpha males.”

As a screenwriter, Bannon once pitched a Shakespearean hip-hop musical about the L.A. riots, and an erotic science fiction movie that included this stage direction: “He climbs onto her and their forms dissolve, blend and blur in an erotic scene of ectoplasmic sex.”

One of the few people to actually stomach reading his scripts is George Clooney, who recently told The Daily Beast, “He wrote one of the worst scripts I’ve ever read—and I’ve read it.” If Bannon had ever had a script made, Clooney said, “He’d still be in Hollywood writing his fuckin’ movies and kissing my ass to be in one of his fuckin’ films!”

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