Video: Interview with Gretchen Carlson and Persecuted

posted at 3:21 pm on July 3, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson joined me on a special podcast interview to discuss her new film, Persecuted, which opens on July 18. This is her first feature-film role, and Gretchen tells me how the opportunity came about and why she decided to join this particular effort.  “It was a wonderful opportunity to branch out,” Gretchen says, and explains why this was “a totally different experience” for her. The film touches on important issues about liberty and constitutional rights, she explains, and why that especially resonates now with the echoes of the Hobby Lobby decision still reverberating in the political sphere:

Gretchen jokes about going back into makeup when she returns to The Real Story next week, and gives us a fun inside look at Persecuted.  She gets serious when talking about Hobby Lobby and the regulatory pressures on the freedom of religious expression and other constitutionally-protected freedoms.  “This is really what the movie is about,” Gretchen says. “I hope … when people go to see it, that they will take a moment after the film and think to themselves, Wow, do I take this Bill of Rights for granted?

Earlier this year at CPAC, I also spoke with Fred Thompson about Persecuted:

If you missed the trailer earlier, here it is again.

Persecuted opens on July 18. Be sure to check out the official website for the film, too.

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A must see.

docflash on July 3, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Fred Thompson

Fred, I can’t take you seriously as long as you keep flogging those damn reverse mortgages.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Actually, I should have said “flouting”, not “flogging”.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

You know, I should have just gone with “pitching”.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Actually, I should have said “flouting”, not “flogging”.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Both words work…I feel the same.

It just shows to me that people will do anything for a few bucks…it’s a shame.

right2bright on July 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Actually, I should have said “flouting”, not “flogging”.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Or “touting”

rbj on July 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I was cool with flogging.

lorien1973 on July 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I can’t wait to see this film.

HomeoftheBrave on July 3, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Or “touting”

rbj on July 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

That’s the one I couldn’t come up with!!!

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 3:38 PM

“Humping”…?

PointnClick on July 3, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Let’s light the flame-throwers, shall we?

Gretchen Carlson is the one person on Fox News that can make Shepherd Smith seem intelligent by comparison.

M240H on July 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I’m sure Fred has a huge stake in the company that handles those mortgages.He got hooked up when in the senate.

docflash on July 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Let’s light the flame-throwers, shall we?

Gretchen Carlson is the one person on Fox News that can make Shepherd Smith seem intelligent by comparison.

M240H on July 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Really? I’ve always liked her. O’Reilly is the one that can make Shep seem smart.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Hawking.

celtic warrior on July 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I’m sure Fred has a huge stake in the company that handles those mortgages.He got hooked up when in the senate.

docflash on July 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Chris Dodd picked the wrong horse.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

That’s the one I couldn’t come up with!!!

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 3:38 PM


Whoring

Thank God he was just a prop for McCain.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Don’t forget to watch “America” too.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Also, go out and protest the illegal invasion for the 4th of July. There’s nothing better you can do.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 3:51 PM

It may be a good movie.

I may be alone, but the discovery and use by Hollywood of the subwoofer has turned me against movies a long time ago.

I want to hear dialogue, not be assaulted by noxious noise.

FOWG1 on July 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Also, go out and protest the illegal invasion for the 4th of July. There’s nothing better you can do.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Not to pick nits with you, Schad, but we really should refer to it as Independence Day, not the 4th of July. We need to keep the reason for the holiday front and center.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

pimping?

Arnold Yabenson on July 3, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Alrighty. That trailer piqued my interest.

Stoic Patriot on July 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM

“Humping”…?

PointnClick on July 3, 2014 at 3:42 PM

…yes.

JugEarsButtHurt on July 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Let’s light the flame-throwers, shall we?

Gretchen Carlson is the one person on Fox News that can make Shepherd Smith seem intelligent by comparison.

M240H on July 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

She graduated from Stanford, and studied at Oxford, not exactly the local community colleges.

vityas on July 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Both words work…I feel the same.

It just shows to me that people will do anything for a few bucks…it’s a shame.

right2bright on July 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Flogging, yes. Flouting, no.

You flout [disregard] convention. Fred’s not tellin’ us to disregard those reverse mortgages. H*ll, Ronald Reagan signed them in to law. Fred wants us all in.

BuckeyeSam on July 3, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Fred is a private citizen. He should be able to promote anything he wants.

Luthier on July 3, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Dean Stockwell, conservative?

Occams Stubble on July 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Gretchen Carlson is the one person on Fox News that can make Shepherd Smith seem intelligent by comparison.

M240H on July 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

She graduated from Stanford, and studied at Oxford, not exactly the local community colleges.

vityas on July 3, 2014 at 4:10 PM

She was the 1984 class valedictorian of her high school.

itsnotaboutme on July 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Gretchen. Something about her…she is sooooo yummy.

fossten on July 3, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Get ‘em, Gretch!

Actually, I should have said “flouting”, not “flogging”.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Or frogging.

Or hawking.

petefrt on July 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

It could be worse. He could be flogging Viagra.

petefrt on July 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Mrs. Malaprop in lip gloss. I can’t bear her, Stanford degree be damned.

Sig Sour on July 3, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Good point, Bitter Clinger; Independence Day it is.

For those of us whose family roots still lie with the South, the 4th of July is now, and will always be, the anniversary of the fall of Vicksburg to U.S. Grant’s army.

focusfrost on July 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Not to pick nits with you, Schad, but we really should refer to it as Independence Day, not the 4th of July. We need to keep the reason for the holiday front and center.

Bitter Clinger on July 3, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Also, go out and protest the illegal invasion for on Independence Day. There’s nothing better you can do.

Schadenfreude on July 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Considering how rarely Hollywood treats Christianity fairly, this should be very interesting. I might go see this one in the theater, and usually, I don’t do that sort of thing these days–yes, the sound system is a wee bit overpowering. But this theme…if handled right, I don’t mind if it is. I HOPE it’s overpowering. I hope it’s a game changer, like the movie America has the potential to be.

theotherone on July 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

misogyny much?

John the Libertarian on July 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM

def watching this

sadsushi on July 4, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Looks kinda like 24 with a biblical truthy bent.

Kissmygrits on July 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Bob Beckel makes us all look like geniuses.

Chowderhead123 on July 4, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Let’s light the flame-throwers, shall we?

Gretchen Carlson is the one person on Fox News that can make Shepherd Smith seem intelligent by comparison.

M240H on July 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

You think this because?

whbates on July 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM