President-Elect Joe Biden's Pick for Secretary of State Was a Film Producer

Antony Blinken
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A man of many talents, Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden's pick for secretary of state, speaks French fluently and even tweeted this fall that his hands know how to handle a guitar.

"Mostly blues and rock. Not good enough for bluegrass," he posted Oct. 18. But the former deputy secretary of state has yet to comment on another notch on his résumé: associate producer of Abel Ferrara's experimental black-and-white vampire film The Addiction.

Starring Lili Taylor, Christopher Walken, Anabella Sciorra, Edie Falco and Michael Imperioli, the story centers on a New York philosophy graduate student turned vampire who must come to terms with her new lifestyle while keeping up with a thirst for blood. The Hollywood Reporter reached out to Ferrara for how he came to collaborate with the foreign policy expert on the latter’s foray into film producing.

“Other than Antony having the heart and courage to invest in a very, very visionary script an independent made for a half-million dollars owned solely by the cast crew and other investors there’s not much more to say,” Ferrara wrote in an email of the 1995 film. “I wish him well. He’s certainly going to need that courage now.”

This story first appeared in the Jan. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.