That’s so preposterous it might be true:

Mundell’s explanation, according to a report in The Financial Times, works like this: Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin, John Hinckley, claimed he shot the president in an effort to impress Jodie Foster. (The movie features a scene in which De Niro attempts to assassinate a politician.)

The wave of sympathy for Reagan in the wake of the shooting deterred Democrats in Congress from voting against his proposed tax cuts.