Behind the Scenes On Rick Perry’s Latest Campaign Ad

"OK, that's probably enough rehearsal. You guys want to shoot a real one? Great. OK, Rick Perry campaign ad take one, and ac--"
"OK, that's probably enough rehearsal. You guys want to shoot a real one? Great. OK, Rick Perry campaign ad take one, and ac--"
Photo by Andi Harman
(loud whistle) "Whoa, whoa, whoa -- hold up, now. I ain't ready yet. Griff? GRIFF! Where's my GD jacket?"
(loud whistle) "Whoa, whoa, whoa -- hold up, now. I ain't ready yet. Griff? GRIFF! Where's my GD jacket?"
Photo by Andi Harman
"Right here, dad."
"Right here, dad."
Photo by Andi Harman
"Alright, yeah, that's better. Got the ol' truth-teller on. OK, this is for Iowa, right? Got a bit about how Muslim folks' taste for pita bread is a threat to Iowan corn crops. So, where do you guys want me?"
"Alright, yeah, that's better. Got the ol' truth-teller on. OK, this is for Iowa, right? Got a bit about how Muslim folks' taste for pita bread is a threat to Iowan corn crops. So, where do you guys want me?"
Photo by Andi Harman
"Um, Governor Perry, as I mentioned before, you're not in this one. Just your wife. I mean, it's cool if you want to hang around and watch, but I know you've got a couple of Phineas & Ferbs waiting for you back at the trailer, so if you want to leave, that's totally--"
"Um, Governor Perry, as I mentioned before, you're not in this one. Just your wife. I mean, it's cool if you want to hang around and watch, but I know you've got a couple of Phineas & Ferbs waiting for you back at the trailer, so if you want to leave, that's totally--"
Photo by Andi Harman
"Wait a cotton-punching minute here."
"Wait a cotton-punching minute here."
photography by William Neal
"What do you mean I ain't in this one?"
"What do you mean I ain't in this one?"
photography by Jerry McClure
"Did y'all forget who's running for president here? It's me. This guy. Ol' Ricky P."
"Did y'all forget who's running for president here? It's me. This guy. Ol' Ricky P."
Photo by Andi Harman
"Again, Governor Perry, as we discussed, we just think it's a good idea to hear from wife. You know, smooth out some of the rough edges, get people to fall in love with you like she did. We went over this. Don't worry. It's going to be great."
"Again, Governor Perry, as we discussed, we just think it's a good idea to hear from your wife. You know, smooth out some of the rough edges, get people to fall in love with you like she did. We went over this. Don't worry. It's going to be great."
Photo by Andi Harman
"Aw, hell. Fine. You guys are the big-shot movie makers. I'll just wait over here."
"Aw, hell. Fine. You guys are the big-shot movie makers. I'll just wait over here."
photography by Jerry McClure
"Wait! Hold on! I just got the best dang idea."
"Wait! Hold on! I just got the best dang idea."
photography by Jerry McClure
"How about I just hang out in the back with ol' Thor here? Huh? Ain't nothing softer than this little guy. Isn't that right my wittle sugar bear?"
"How about I just hang out in the back with ol' Thor here? Huh? Ain't nothing softer than this little guy. Isn't that right my wittle sugar bear?"
Photo by Andi Harman
"Governor, let's just do it as written."
"Governor, let's just do it as written."
Photo by Andi Harman
"OK, OK. Oh! What about this?"
"OK, OK. Oh! What about this?"
photography by Nikki Nichols and Bob Manzino
"You want these folks to fall in love with me the way Anita did? Got one word for you boys: kung fu."
"You want these folks to fall in love with me the way Anita did? Got one word for you boys: kung fu."
Photo by Andi Harman
"That's two -- you know what, never mind. Listen, Governor, we're losing light out here and really need to get this shot, OK? Could you please just stand over there and watch?"
"That's two -- you know what, never mind. Listen, Governor, we're losing light out here and really need to get this shot, OK? Could you please just stand over there and watch?"
Photo by Andi Harman
(blinking back tears) "OK, fine."
(blinking back tears) "OK, fine. I'll stay right over here. I promise not to run onto camera at any point. Swear."
William Neal
"Great. OK, Anita, you ready? Excellent. Here we go. And ... action."
"O...K. Great. OK, Anita, you ready? Excellent. Here we go. And ... action."
Photo by Andi Harman

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