HBO: There’s no agenda behind Sarah Palin film
Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 6:46 am
By: By The Associated Press
The Messenger 01.17.12
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — In a politically polarized country, the people behind HBO’s upcoming movie on Sarah Palin’s vice presidential campaign are being careful not to take one side or the other.
“There is no agenda here,” Danny Strong, writer of the film “Game Change,” said at a news conference. Filmmakers said they sought historical accuracy.
The movie debuts March 10. It is based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s book about the 2008 presidential campaign, but focuses specifically on Palin. Director Jay Roach said he wrote a long letter to the former Alaska governor seeking an interview with her to help the film, “but I got a very quick email back from her attorney saying, ‘I checked, she declined.”’
Actress Julianne Moore looks strikingly like Palin in her depiction.
Actor Ed Harris portrays John McCain. Although the resemblance to his character isn’t quite as sharp as Moore’s, it’s pretty close.
One unusual casting was Woody Harrelson, who plays McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt.
The film’s story is largely seen through Schmidt’s eyes. Harrelson, who describes himself politically as “probably more an anarchist,” said he met Schmidt and liked him.