The triple threat Actor-Director-Producer Nick Searcy has been on my radar for a long time. My sister used to crush on him a lot, because she dug bald, badass men, and Searcy rocks the bald, and definitely embodies the “badass.”
The badass role Searcy is most recognized for is his five season turn as Chief Deputy United States Marshal Art Mullen on FX’s Justified. Andrew Klavan, now of The Daily Wire but formerly with PJ Media wrote a paean to both Justified and Searcy’s seminal work in the series.
However, you might recognize him as “Frank Bennett” in Fried Green Tomatoes, “Larry the Repairman” in One Hour Photo, or in Oscar-nominated, and Oscar-winning films like Moneyball, Cast Away, The Fugitive, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. Searcy has been a professional actor, director and producer for decades. Searcy is also the antithesis of the knee-jerk Leftists that populate the Hollywood set. Searcy is an outspoken conservative, who had the honor of being a fill-in host on The Rush Limbaugh Show. For many of us, that is the juice.
As a creative myself, I could have spoken to Searcy for hours just on his film work alone, but I at least got 45-minutes with this exceptionally talented man to talk about his latest project: Capitol Punishment.
Capitol Punishment investigates the aftermath of January 6, 2021 through the eyes of the actual people who were there on the ground. We all know the legacy media narrative of a violent attempt to overthrow the government. The actual truth is anything but. Searcy was there, he interviewed several people who were also there, and who are being targeted and persecuted because of their presence in D.C. on that day. Capitol Punishment fleshes out their stories, but also asks the question, “Is this how Americans should be treated by their government?”
Searcy wants the world to know about the tyranny and manipulation law-abiding Americans are experiencing at the hands of the United States government. Everything that is being dragged on by this January 6 Commission, and that Americans are being told by the government and the legacy media is the term they like to use: a Big Lie.
“In my experience, it was ’cause I just saw a lot of people. Probably 1,000,000 people. It’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever seen, and most of the people were praying and and singing the Star Spangled Banner and saying the Pledge of Allegiance,” Searcy remembered.
“And I saw people, you know, standing on the steps of the Capitol, waving flags and singing, We’re Not Gonna Take It, and it looked like a tailgate party to me. It didn’t look like a violent uprising or anything.
“But then when I got home, that’s all I saw, and I had not personally seen any of the things that they were showing me on television. So that was kind of the question we wanted to answer was, you know, Why? Why are they not telling the whole story?”
Why indeed. The film can be found at capitolpunishmentthemovie.com, and you can see the exploration for yourself. In terms of why Searcy wanted to see this production happen, one of the reasons was the needlessly cruel death of Ashli Babbitt. To add insult to horrific injury, Babbitt, a veteran who served this country with honor, had her reputation and memory trampled and maligned by the legacy media.
I asked Searcy the question about what the treatment of Ashli Babbitt says to our men and women serving, and our veterans. While Searcy did not have a clear response on this, I can only imagine that it serves to diminish the sense of honor and accomplishment in such service, along with discouraging any person who might want to serve from doing so.
This seems to be part of the plan, as was January 6. Capitol Punishment speaks about the planning involved in this faux-surrection and the reasons why a government wants to trample on the Constitution and destroy its own people.
“I believe they wanted it to be worse, and then I think that the people that were hoping that January—trying to make January 6th into what they’ve tried to make it, they wanted more deaths,” Searcy said.
“They wanted a massacre, because then they could say, OK, all these Trump supporters. They’ve got to be rounded up and put in jail. They’re all crazed killers. But the only one they were able to kill was 112 pounds and 35-years old.
As Thomas Paine opined over 250 years ago,
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Our government knows that a fearful citizen will surrender their God-given and Constitutional rights, but emboldened ones will fight.
Searcy quotes another founder, Thomas Jefferson, in the film and in this interview.
“Jefferson said it: ‘When you’re afraid of the government, that’s tyranny.’ That’s what the government is trying to do, both with COVID, [and] with all of these lies about what happened on January 6th. They are trying to make a fearful populace that will stay in line and do whatever they say,” Searcy said.
So how will Americans seeing and sharing Capitol Punishment help to change this tyranny of fear?
“I think we just have to shine the light on this, and go, as I said, show people what is actually happening as opposed to what the media is showing them, Searcy said.
“They, the media, very selectively shows you what they want you to accept as the truth, and they leave out everything that goes against their narrative. So that’s what this movie does.
“We are filling in the places that they are intentionally leaving out to try to show you what the government is actually doing, and I think, if I make another documentary, it will be about what happens to these people; what’s the end game with these these Americans that you would be proud to live next door to you, would feel safe living next door to everybody in this movie, and they are treating these people like hardened criminals.”
Visit capitolpunishmentthemovie.com to view the trailer, and buy it to stream. Help to break the Tyranny of Fear.