Seems as though Amy Klobuchar isn’t the only candidate who demands a crack, whip smart staff. On the heels of a possible 2020 campaign entry, his SXSW film “exposes” Beto O’Rourke’s temperament.
The new documentary, directed by David Modigliani and produced financially and editorially independent from O’Rourke, could serve as a valuable introduction for Americans who didn’t follow his Texas campaign.
O’Rourke granted Modigliani near-total access to both his campaign and his family, and it shows what earned him a fawning national following — his charisma, his accessibility, his oratory.
But it also captures the candidate dropping f-bombs, clenched with stress, complaining about having to “dance” for the press, and snapping at his staff.
“The only feedback I gave was, ‘Can you take out some of the expletives from Beto,'” his wife, Amy, said after the premiere.
“I know I was a giant asshole to be around sometimes,” O’Rourke acknowledges at one point in the documentary to his top aides, who do not dispute him on the point.
And the films dwells on toll the campaign took on his family.
O’Rourke has taken some heat as to why he’s either waited too long to potentially enter the race for the Democratic nomination, and if he chooses to run, it remains to be seen if the magic generated in his failed (but extremely close) bid to unseat GOP Sen. Ted Cruz can translate into an inspirational run for president.
The Run Like The Devil doc premieres in May on HBO.