11/21/2011 05:45 pm ET

Newt Gingrich Likens Himself To 'Braveheart'

Newt Gingrich's rising poll numbers have prompted him to take another trip down movie memory lane.

Back in October, Gingrich served up his first helping of Hollywood knowledge, informing a New Hampshire newspaper that "The Hangover" is among his favorite films.

A few weeks later, with his poll numbers lagging, he turned to more movie fodder, comparing himself to a dead character in "The Sixth Sense".

Even in prime-time conditions, Gingrich found time for movie night, watching "Bridesmaids" before the GOP debate in Detroit.

Enter Gingrich's latest blockbuster comment. In a USA Today profile, the GOP candidate referenced a Robert Reich Christian Science Monitor op-ed, commenting on how a Mitt Romney/Barack Obama election would be "passionless." Gingrich stepped in on that claim, likening himself to an American classic:

"If you go out and see what's happening in the Tea Party, the last thing you want is a passionless election," Gingrich told USA Today. "Remember Braveheart? These people want somebody who plants a flag in the ground, gives a speech and yells 'Charge!'"

Despite political bumps like his questionable ties to Freddie Mac, Gingrich has been charging ahead in recent polls. Two separate surveys show the former House speaker netting double-digit improvements over the last month. Lawmakers from his time on Capitol Hill in the mid-1990s believe he is a viable threat to capture the Republican nomination.