Friday, March 7, 2014

ICYMI: Idaho's governor in a Western with "many sex scenes"

Posted By on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

We hope you're doing your due diligence to Idaho news because if you're not, you missed a gem this morning.

The Idaho Statesman has this Post Register story about Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's brief film career. Otter starred in a low-budget 1993 Western that ended up released unrated with 10 minutes of sex scenes — additions made long after his involvement, according to Otter's people.

Otter, then lieutenant governor, got involved when he offered his horses for use in the film and the director apparently "liked Otter’s authentic Idaho looks so much, he asked him whether he’d like to read for the part of the corrupt sheriff." Otter's representatives maintain that the script he read at that time was nothing but Idaho wholesome and that the soft-core porn must have been added later. At some point, the movie's working title "Roundup" was changed to "A Time to Revenge." (So good.)

From the story:

Otter, who according to the Statesman appeared in high school and college productions, seemed blinded by the spotlight.

When asked about his movie acting debut in 1993, he told the Statesman, “I’d like to do something like a ‘Lonesome Dove,’ ” referring to the TV miniseries based on the Larry McMurtry novel.

“A Time to Revenge” was released heavily in South Korea and Germany but was not popular in the U.S. [Otter spokesmen Jon] Hanian said that Otter’s first sense of the film’s divergent path came a few years ago when former Nevada governor and U.S. Congressman Jim Gibbons called Otter after having seen him in the movie. At the time, Gibbons was watching late-night TV in a Santiago, Chile, hotel room.

Otter is reportedly fully clothed in all of his scenes. A shame? We'll leave that up to you.

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