Dan Patrick: Sandra Bullock film ‘Let Her Speak’ can’t be shot in Senate

Updated Feb 08, 2018

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday said that, if he can help it, the planned movie on former state Sen. Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster won’t be shot in the Texas Senate chamber.

“If I have anything to do with that, I’m not going to let them use the Senate chamber to shoot because they have already disgraced it once. I’m not going to let them do it again,” Patrick, who leads the Senate, said in a speech to the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation think tank.

State Sen. Eddie Lucio speaks with Sen. Wendy Davis leads the Democrats during a filibuster as they try to block passage of Senate Bill 5 on June 25, 2013. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Photo: American-Statesman Staff

The movie, “Let Her Speak,” will star Sandra Bullock as Davis, whose nearly 13-hour filibuster temporarily prevented a GOP bill restricting access to abortions from becoming law. The moment launched Davis into the national spotlight and led to her running for governor in 2014, a race she lost by 20 percentage points to Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Variety reported in November that Bullock wants to star in the film, if she can find the right studio and director.

State rules prohibit filming in the House and Senate chambers and eight other historic rooms in the Capitol, according to Chris Currens, special projects director for the State Preservation Board.

But the House and Senate can grant exceptions to allow filming in their chambers on a case-by-case basis, Currens said. That’s what happened in 2011, when parts of “The Tree of Life” were filmed in the Senate.

After saying that he received a copy of the “Let Her Speak” script but hasn’t read it, Patrick said there was one line in it that irked him: Patrick, who said he is the “villain” of the movie, is portrayed using a curse word while criticizing Davis.

“I’m a long way from being a perfect person … but I don’t curse,” he said.

Patrick added that he speculated with his wife about who would play him and suggested Brad Pitt or George Clooney.

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“Without skipping a beat, she said, ‘Dan Aykroyd.’ She said, ‘Like he looks today,’” Patrick said.