Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherOn The Trail: The political losers of 2020 California was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success GOP's Steel wins California House race after Democrat Rouda concedes MORE says the next act he's eyeing after Congress is becoming a Hollywood screenwriter. 

"I basically want to produce product that will make money and uplift the American people," the California Republican says in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Friday.

Democrat Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaCalifornia was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day MORE unseated the 71-year-old lawmaker in last month’s midterm elections.


Now, Rohrabacher — who worked in the Reagan administration before winning his first House race in 1989 — says his focus is turning to something he's been doing for years: penning scripts.

“People forget I was a writer by trade," he told the entertainment industry publication. "I was not Ronald Reagan’s best speech writer — but I was his fastest. That’s my style. Work your damnedest to file on time, then tinker with it until it’s perfect."

None of the current projects he’s working on tackle politics or life in Washington, says Rohrabacher, who was knocked ahead of the election for his perceived close ties to Russia. Instead, the congressman describes a “comedy” he’s writing about a team of robbers who make their way into Fort Knox before realizing there’s no gold there.

He also explains another script: "I’m a 71-year old surfer, so I have some treatments involving surfing. I have real-life stories about attending pop festivals with Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Grace Slick. Two weeks later, I was a teenager fighting Communists in Vietnam."

Losing his reelection bid, Rohrabacher insists, made him feel “liberated.”

“I can communicate with a lot of people via the film industry,” he says.

Two of his screenplays have already caught the eyes of some entertainment bigwigs, according to Rohrabacher.

"I can’t name them, but they’re serious people and it looks positive," he says. "But, of course, there’s no deal until the contract is signed and the check clears."