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Barney Frank's Husband Calls Documentary About his Life 'Rude' and 'Embarrassing': VIDEO

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Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank premiered over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. The filmmakers were given full access to follow Frank "everywhere but the bathroom," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Frank and his husband Jim Ready are not too happy with the final product, according to remarks at a Q&A with producer Alec Baldwin after the film's screening, THR reports:

“I don't understand why the moviemakers would want to embarrass someone who went out of the way to let them make a movie about him,” Ready told Baldwin. “That kind of bothered me.” What specifically bothered Ready was the movie’s inclusion of the 1989 scandal involving Frank hiring a male prostitute to be his live-in driver and housekeeper. Frank was accused of allowing his houseguest to run a prostitution ring out of his home, but after being investigated by the House Ethics Committee, he was found innocent and was reprimanded only for using his congressional office to fix his driver’s parking tickets.

“I really think that was irrelevant to put that in there,” added Ready. “It’s embarrassing ... it's just kind of rude," Ready said in reference to the fact there were family members in the audience, including Franks' great aunt, who asked a question earlier in the Q&A. Baldwin then quickly attempted to lighten the mood by referencing his own public controversies, saying, “There's a lot of things I'd like them to leave out of my movie.” He then added, after getting a laugh from the crowd, “It's not always that easy.”

The filmmakers defend their inclusion of the controversy in an interview with THR.

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The Barney Frank Documentary Trailer Will Get You A Little Choked Up - VIDEO

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Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank — the documentary about the outspoken and openly gay former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts — will make its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, but you can watch its trailer here.

According to OUT.com, "The documentary encompassed the time from Frank's coming out in 1987 (he was the first congressman to do so voluntarily) until his wedding to Jim Ready in 2012." But it mostly focuses on Frank's commitment to his congressional role as well as his eventual retirement from a job he seemed to love, as described in the Tribeca Film Festival program:

The film is a rare and intimate peek into the life of Barney Frank, the quick-witted, cantankerous, and first openly gay Congressman in the United States. On the verge of his retirement, Frank reflects on his 40 years in office and the role his own homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice. A flawless example of when the personal meets the political, with incredible “bare all” access, this documentary reveals Frank as one of the most sharp-tongued, entertaining, and lionhearted politicians of our time.

The film was also executively produced by Alec Baldwin, the actor who has come under fire for using gay slurs against those who annoy him.

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Alec Baldwin To Produce Barney Frank Documentary

The last we heard from Alec Baldwin, he'd vowed to leave public life amid the controversy and subsequent cancellation of his MSNBC show last fall which resulted from his use of an anti-gay slur. Now, he's back in the news and has announced his involvement in a film project about a high-profile gay man. 

6a00d8341c730253ef019b01bb7b97970bAccording to Deadline Hollywood, Baldwin will executive produce Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, a documentary about Barney Frank. The film will reportedly profile the former Massachusetts congressman "as he discusses the role his homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice."

Compared to What will play at the Tribeca Film Festival next month where Baldwin will also participate in a post-screening Q&A alongside Frank.

Baldwin also claims that the former congressman is someone whom he admires:

“Barney Frank is a personal hero of mine,” he said in a statement. “His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – important for our country.”

Compared to What will premiere at Tribeca on April 27, 2014.


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Barney Frank Would Stop Obama from Signing Executive Order Barring LGBT Workplace Discrimination

SiriusXM radio host Michelangelo Signorile spoke with former Congressman Barney Frank at the recent Netroots Nation annual progressive activist conference, and Frank flipped his position on urging Obama to sign an executive order barring workplace discrimination, the HuffPost reports:

Frank“I would have him not sign it yet,” Frank said. “There’s a lot of attack on him for exceeding executive power and doing things by executive order. And he’s in a major fight over that about to come now, where he’s about to issue an executive order restricting emissions from power plants. And there’s even a danger that this right-wing [Supreme] Court would overturn that as too far. I would say this: push to take back the House from the right-wing, and if that happens, then we should push for it to be legislated, because if it’s legislated, then it’s for everybody. If we don’t take the House back, then before he goes out of office, he should do it. But I would ask him to -- I would want him to hold off now and give us a chance to do this legislatively. But that will depend on the next election.”

Signorile notes that Frank signed a letter in April last year from House lawmakers urging Obama to sign.


Barney Frank Comments on Boston Bombing Response: VIDEO

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Former Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) spoke with CNN's Starting Point about the response in Boston:

"In this terrible situation, let's be very grateful that we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America, has been for some time, to criticize government, to belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think is their excessive health care,. Here we saw government in two ways perform very well...No tax cut would have helped us deal with this or will help us recover. This is very expensive."

Added Frank: "This is an example of why we need - if we want to be a civilized people - to put some of our resources into a common pool so we are able to deal with this, and to deal with it, you can't simply be responsive once it happens."

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