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Texas: Tom DeLay, "reluctant movie star"

AP reports: Former House majority leader Tom DeLay, given the nickname "The Hammer" during his political career, can add one more title to his r�sum�: reluctant movie star.

The Texas Republican is the focus of a new documentary that premiered Friday night in Houston examining the scandals that drove him from office.

The film, titled "The Big Buy: How Tom DeLay Stole Congress," features interviews with Democratic and Republican lawmakers from Texas, as well as liberal stalwarts such as Molly Ivins and Jim Hightower.

DeLay, who plans to resign from the House on June 9, did not talk with the filmmakers.

The first part of the 75-minute film details DeLay's efforts to win GOP seats in the state legislature in 2002 to push through a redistricting plan that helped Texas send more Republicans to Congress in 2004. -- Film Follows DeLay as He Paints the State Red

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