Five Favorite Films with Jesse Ventura

The former wrestler/actor/governor also talks about conspiracies and his new TV show.

RT: So this is an interesting TV show you have coming up.

Jesse Ventura: It's very interesting. Probably the biggest question I'm being asked is how did I get it made? It is interesting because we're going to places that people don't want you to go to apparently and certainly our government doesn't because we offer them the opportunity on multiple occasions and multiple shows to participate and all we get is stonewalled. Then they wonder why conspiracy theories rise up? When you have an entity that won't be truthful or forthcoming, it opens the gate to conspiracy. That's what happens here and we simply tell the conspiracy side of the story and allow the viewer to decide whether they want to believe it or not. I will say this, you can choose not to believe any of the seven, but if you watch them and pay attention, they will scare you.

As a fan of conspiracy theories, I have to ask if there is one that really gets you.

JV: Surprisingly, the one we do on 2012. I'll say that one was the surprise one that got to me. Then of course, my favorite is going to be 9/11 because that's the one you're not allowed to talk about or ask any questions about. In our society now, you're not allowed to ask any questions about 9/11 otherwise Geraldo, O'Reilly and them cast you as being an unpatriotic buffoon if you simply ask a question.

When I went through Navy Seal training, something O'Reilly, Hannity and all those guys would never dare to do, in the demolition portion, I had a Chief Warrant Officer that taught me that there is no dumb question. I think that's a pretty good attitude to have when you're working with demolition. So I've lived my life believing there is not a dumb question if you don't know the answer to it. 9/11 is one of these where you're not allowed to ask any questions and they think if you do, [the questions are] dumb. There is no dumb question. If I don't understand it, it's not dumb. I'm willing to take the heat for it. I'm willing to do that to get the questions out there.

Some would say that it's interesting you're going with a reality show after being Governor and having a successful film career. A lot of people might choose to go back into film.

JV: I'll do that too if the right part comes around. I made a conscious decision when I moved to Mexico that this point in my lifetime is more important than money. I'm in a fortunate position where I can make that choice. Right now, time is more important than money. I'm going to do things that I want to do. One of them is my adventure in Mexico and the other is this show.

This show is out on the razor's edge. It's going to be controversial as hell and I'll be able to retreat into the depths of the Baja surfing and never have to suffer any of the consequences. [laughs] I'm very much a good Navy Seal, we fight when it's in our favor. [laughs] When it's not, we go into hiding. I'm only doing what I was trained to do. [laughs] I hope everyone watches these shows and realizes how exciting they were to make. The topics are things that could affect all of us. Pay attention to them because if there's any shred that they are the truth, they're scary as hell. I got frightened doing a couple of these shows.

Which ones frightened you?

JV: 2012 did. It's the Mayan calendar that goes beyond the Mayans. The Mayans were very smart in what they did and they knew a lot about the heavens and the universe. But there's stuff we learned from NASA that says the Mayans are right on. You're going to have to watch the show to find that what that is. If it's true, we better be paying attention to it. When scientists are telling you it's true, that becomes more than folklore. Also, the Manchurian Candidate mind-control one will blow your mind.

Did you go into any stories skeptically and you really got convinced otherwise?

JV: Global warming. I fully believed global warming and now I'm a skeptic because of the solution. The solution is Cap and Trade, and Cap and Trade is nothing but a shell game. It doesn't solve the problem and that's what leads me to believe that global warming is only for profiteering. Because why would they not do legislation that addresses the issue? With Cap and Trade, you can be a polluter and simply buy your way out of it and continue to pollute at the same level. How does that stop the global warming then? It only makes money for somebody. There is an old saying, "Don't believe what people say, believe what they do." When the solution is how to raise revenue, take it with a grain of salt.

Catch truTV's new show starring Jesse Ventura, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, on Wednesdays at 10pm E/P, beginning tomorrow night. For more Five Favorite Films, visit our archive.



Daniel Raimondi

i love jesse

Dec 1 - 04:34 PM


Big Brother

What? No Arnie movies? Ingrate.

Dec 1 - 04:39 PM

Dave J

Dave J

I wouldn't take this guy too seriously since I respectfully picture him more as a wrestler and politician than as a successful contributer to films.

Dec 1 - 04:46 PM


Pseudonym Psychology

Jaws, Full Metal Jacket, This List is Bad-***. Period.

Dec 1 - 04:46 PM

Salty Gritts

Josh McCrohan

A real man's list

Dec 1 - 04:53 PM

Don't Tase Me Bro

Don't Tase Me Bro


'Caddyshack' cracks a list!

Dec 1 - 04:59 PM

steve s.

steve smith

a very good no bull$hit list....thanks jesse

Dec 1 - 05:12 PM

derek s.

derek schoenike

A great "normal guy" list. Seen 'em all.

Dec 1 - 05:36 PM


Darren Anderson

Nice list Jesse. Love the Caddyshack and Jaws. You may get some flack for not having any foreign films on this list.

Dec 1 - 05:38 PM


william thresher

I have owned Riding Giants since its release. It's a no-holds barred mutha of a surf movie. When you see Laird Hamilton ride this motherfarker of a wave...glorious. A great list.

Dec 1 - 05:47 PM


John Woo

Yeah. I can agree on that list. Good job!

Dec 1 - 06:10 PM

alex g.

alex gutierrez

awsome list! but what the hell? no Predator

Dec 1 - 06:27 PM

jimyyu y.

jimyyu yuan

Dec 1 - 06:46 PM


Colin Hay

Good list; appears to be very honest, and his explanations are interesting. He's a strange guy; you don't really get that impression reading this, but I've seen him in interviews on TV and he is a bit of an eccentric. Definitely an interesting fellow. I'd like to see him return to film, especially if Schwarzenegger ever gets back in the game. It would be nice to see them together again.

Dec 1 - 06:57 PM

Mr. Bo Ziffer

Mr. Bo Ziffer

Great list. I wouldn't disagree with anything on it, but I have yet to see Riding Giants. That's next for me.

Dec 1 - 07:01 PM


ryan brown

I appreciate how he chose films that he routinely watches and enjoys, and not films that he feels he should be watching and not enjoying; bravo on capturing the "your favorites list" without pretense.

Dec 1 - 08:08 PM

Ze Blue Canary


Good real list. And although Predator would be in my top 5, you can't put one of your movies in the top 5.

Dec 1 - 08:13 PM

Jack Waters

zachary leeman

Haha. When I saw the commercial for this show, I laughed my *** off. It looks and sounds very stupid. No matter how much respect I have for Ventura, this show sounds stupid and the things he said in this interview just made him sound crazy. Then again, Wednesday I'll be watching Steven Seagal: Lawman when Ventura's show is on. So my opinion counts for nothing.

Dec 1 - 08:32 PM

Taylor A.

Taylor Agnew

Come back to Minnesota!

Dec 1 - 09:00 PM

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Jared King

Gotta love this guy.

Dec 1 - 09:42 PM


Jeff Easton

No, you don't "have to love" a guy who thinks the American government was behind 9/11 and who thinks that because he was in the military, he has a better opinion on that than other people.

He is a sorry piece of crap.

Dec 3 - 08:12 AM

inactive user

Jared King

That's just it. He's so crazy, you gotta love him.

Dec 3 - 02:58 PM

kat k.

kat kaif

i would love to get Jaws

Dec 3 - 11:59 PM

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