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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Movie Cameo

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Movie Cameo - Even if Gov. Rick Perry doesn't run for president in 2012, he may already have a place in the national spotlight on the silver screen.

Perry, a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors' Guild, took time away from the opening week of the 82nd legislative session to shoot a cameo appearance Thursday for an upcoming independent film, "Deep in the Heart."

The movie, which is filming in and around Austin and qualifies for the Texas Film Commission incentive program, is based on the life of Richard Wallrath, the largest individual donor to Texas 4-H and Texas FFA and a personal friend of Perry's.

The film's producers said the governor was instrumental in bringing the film to Texas — so instrumental that they wrote him into the script. The filmmakers may receive up to 29 percent of the film's budget back through film commission incentives.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Movie Cameo

"It was just really refreshing to meet a politician who is supportive of bringing the film business to the state," screenwriter and producer Brian A. Hoffman said. "Coming to Austin and being welcomed by the governor himself is pretty cool."

Perry played himself for the role, re-enacting a 2006 introduction of Wallrath to the Future Farmers of America in a scene filmed at the Travis County Expo Center.

"He was just so smooth and comfortable in front of the cameras. He was just schooling me," said John Gries , who is portraying Wallrath in the film. "He just totally took control."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Movie Cameo

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