Romney watches 'MITT' but provides no critique of film
PARK CITY, Utah — Mitt Romney surprised filmgoers when he showed up for the Salt Lake City premiere of “MITT,” the documentary that tracks his run for the presidency. But he declined to share what he thought about the movie afterward, even with the filmmaker.
“If he hated it, I don't know if he's going to tell me,” director Greg Whiteley said. “He's nice, and he and (his wife) Ann are gracious. I wonder what they really think.”
Whiteley followed the Romney family for six years: from the Massachusetts governor's first attempt for the Republican nomination in 2006 to his run against President Obama in 2012. Whiteley said the Sundance Film Festival premiere on Friday was the Romneys' first look at the film, which will debut on Friday on Netflix.
Whiteley said he long admired the Romneys because, as a Mormon, he had heard of George Romney while growing up.
“What Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax is to young Jewish kids probably is what George Romney was to me,” Whiteley said. “When I heard that Mitt Romney was running for president, I had just finished my second film and it occurred to me that might make a great movie.”
Intimate footage shows his moments of confidence and doubt and the emotional toll the campaign took on his family.
Romney comes off as warm and likable, but the director said that wasn't the goal of the film.
“I had no agenda in trying to make him look good,” Whiteley said. “I had no agenda in trying to convince people to vote for him.”
He describes the film as “very apolitical.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Lion cubs jump hurdles in Gaza Strip in journey to Jordan sanctuary
- Solar-powered plane crosses Pacific Ocean
- Diebold, heirs of Prohibition agent Ness squabble over stock find
- Northwest wildfire season begins early
- Ohio got DEA approval to import lethal-injection drugs
- Santorum charter flight tab broke $400K
- Hiring freeze, budget cuts put West Virginia on better footing
- Suspect in San Francisco pier shooting was deported 5 times, federal authorities say
- Lawsuit in deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona yields little cash
- Police find no evidence of shooting reported at Washington Navy Yard
- Smoke clears at CSX derailment site in Tennessee