Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 07/27/2011

‘The Town’: For inspiration, House Republicans watch part of film during meeting on debt debate


Blake Lively and Ben Affleck in “The Town.” (Photo by Claire Folger)

Update: Some Twitter users have taken inspiration from the movie-watching GOP and started a hashtag guessing other possible #InspiringGOPMovieScenes.

Original post:

My colleagues Paul Kane, Lori Montgomery and William Branigan reported Tuesday on a behind-the-scenes meeting of House Republicans that included a multimedia component — a movie about bank robbers.

Here’s what the Post reporters wrote:

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the party’s vote counter, began his talk by showing a clip from the movie, “The Town”, trying to forge a sense of unity among the independent-minded caucus.
One character asks his friend: “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is. You can never ask me about it later.”
“Whose car are we gonna take,” the character says.
After showing the clip, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), one of the most outspoken critics of leadership among the 87 freshmen, stood up to speak, according to GOP aides.
“I’m ready to drive the car,” West replied, surprising many Republicans by giving his full-throated support for the plan.

“The Town,” according to Post film critic Ann Hornaday’s review last year, centers on a couple of Boston thieves, played by Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner. The scene showed to the Republican caucus has the two men about to go beat some people up and, according to the film Web site IMDB.com, the clip includes a little more dialogue than was quoted:

Affleck’s character: “I need your help. I can’t tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we’re going to hurt some people.”

Renner’s character: “... Whose car we takin’?”

What movie or clip would you choose to rally your caucus if you were in the House?

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Boehner, Reid appear to give ground

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By Terri Rupar  |  04:13 PM ET, 07/27/2011

 
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