Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unwittingly been drawn into Oscar-winning provocateur Michael Moore’s Broadway debut.
In “The Terms of My Surrender,” Moore recalls key moments from his life, including death threats like the one Glenn Beck seemed to imply in a 2005 broadcast, where the unhinged talk show hosts ponders out loud how he might kill Moore.
Moore, wondering if indeed freedom of speech covers that sort of thing, follows that point to its logical conclusion during his show and appears to stage a phone call to the Governor’s office where he repeats Beck’s comments about him — but directs those words at Cuomo. So far, there’s been no reply from the Governor’s office.
On May 17, 2005, Beck ominously spoke about murdering the “Bowling for Columbine” filmmaker.
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“Let me just tell you what I’m thinking,” said Beck, whose voice is heard in the Belasco Theatre, where Moore’s show opens Thursday. “I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore. And I’m wondering if I could kill him myself or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. I thing I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know. And I could just be choking the life out of him. Is this wrong?”
Apparently not. Moore recalls that he went to authorities — and was told that since he’s a celebrity, there’s nothing to be done.
And this is where the Gov. makes his entrance on the Great White Way.
Moore appears to call Cuomo’s office where a recorded voice message is heard. “I’m thinking about killing Andrew Cuomo,” Moore says. “And I’m wondering if I could kill him myself or if I would need to hire somebody to do it.”
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Whether he actually calls Cuomo’s office is a mystery. The play performs after-hours where Moore would only get a voice mail. Daily News inquiries to Cuomo’s press team were unanswered and the theater declined to comment on the authenticity of Moore’s call.
Moore told the audience on Tuesday that he’d made this call a few times during the show’s preview phase, but was unsure if that bit will stay in the show.
With Brian Niemietz
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