- - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LAS VEGAS-I don’t like Hollywood’s politics, nor do I like those who are self-impressed. I do, however, appreciate talent — great singing, dancing, painting, acting are all things that can bring joy and light to our troubled times.

I especially admire actors and actresses who become the character. They are so good that you forget who is playing the role and accept them as that person.
The A list actors rarely accomplish that. Brad Pitt, Tom Cruse and Cameron Diaz can make good movies, but you never forget it’s them acting.

That’s why I am so impressed with the cast of the upcoming film “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?” The third in a series of three films on Ayn Rand’s novel. In a previous column/interview, I introduced you to Kristoffer Polaha, the very talented young actor who I think is going to be a very big star in the near future.

While on the set of AS3, I was introduced to Laura Regan (pronounced Ree-gan), the actress playing the lead female character Dagny Taggart. At first glance, she is attractive, yes, but in our meeting she was very matter of fact and cold. I thought to myself, “Wow! She’s kind of rude!” Then I realized, she was preparing for her next scene as Dagny Taggart and behaved just as Dagny would have in the same situation.

I went online when I got home and did some research on Laura Regan and that’s where my respect for her really grew. On set, I thought I had never seen that woman before and figured this was her first big role. Boy was I wrong.  Her list of credits on Imdb.com is a mile long and most of her appearances were on TV shows and in movies I have seen often. She was on “Mad Men,” “Law and Order,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Bones,” “The Closer,” “Heartland,” “The Ghost Whisperer,” and she starred as Pfc. Jessica Lynch in “Saving Jessica Lynch.”

I only mention her credits because I have seen her in more than a dozen roles and didn’t recognize her because she became those characters to me, that is how good she is. And that is how good Laura Regan is as Dagny Taggart in “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?”

If you haven’t yet read “Atlas Shrugged” or seen the first two installments on film, this lengthy but inspiring manifesto by Rand is a must for all who wish to see the direction our country is heading under leadership of people like Barack Obama and Nancy Pe-lousy. A direction where government takes what it wants and leaves those who create with nothing. When government regulations become far too great and the burden of providing for those “in need” becomes too much, the great entrepreneurs and thinkers go on strike in an effort to bring a catastrophic end to the ways of the crippling government.

In the final installment of “Atlas Shrugged” opening Sept. 12, we meet the man behind the strike and find out his reason for trying to bring the world to its knees.

Watch my exclusive interview with Laura Regan and see this woman who was so cold and tough as Dagny Taggart shine as the lovely, smart and sophisticated Laura Regan. I think she’s another star about to shine.

In our next briefing, you’ll meet the producers and director of “Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?”

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