Lisa De Pasquale

Before I started this column over three years ago, it began with an hour long phone call with Andrew Breitbart on the kinds of questions I should ask. Andrew suggested I not just focus on political personalities, but also reach out to friendly people in the entertainment industry. Fittingly after his passing, many people in the entertainment industry were inspired to be more outspoken in their beliefs.

One such actor is Nick Searcy. It’s hard to say what role he’s best known for given that he’s known for so many. For me, I can’t help but picture him as the loathsome “Frank Bennett” from Fried Green Tomatoes. Searcy said that was okay because Frank “has more hair.” Some of his other film credits include The Ugly Truth, The Last Song, Castaway, One Hour Photo, The Fugitive, Head of State, Runaway Jury, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, among many others. He’s also a fixture on TV, having guest-starred on The West Wing, CSI, and Boston Legal, and was a series regular on From the Earth to the Moon, American Gothic and Seven Days. He currently stars as “Chief Deputy Art Mullen” on FX’s Emmy-winning show, Justified.

Among Searcy’s fans is Rush Limbaugh, who recently interviewed him on his radio show, an honor that only a few prominent politicians and writers, and even fewer in the entertainment industry have had. In talking about Justified, Limbaugh told Searcy, “You're the one that makes the show.”

For those who can’t wait until January for their Searcy fix, I call your attention to the Nick Searcy Acting School. Searcy said it’s “a public service that I provide to my fans so that they can learn what it's like to be an international film star.” Limbaugh calls it “uproarious.” I think we can all agree it’s the funniest thing on the internet. Ever.

Searcy is also available daily on Twitter (@yesnicksearcy). As we learned last week, some actors are much too delicate for this medium. Searcy excels at it, but you probably already knew that.

The De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. What one thing would you do as President "just because you could"?

Complete the border fence and restart the space program. (OK, that's two.)

2. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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