'Game Change' Director Jay Roach Stands by His Controversial Portrayal of Sarah Palin
The filmmaker talks about being fair to the former VP candidate, his quest for empathy and what he left out.
Director Jay Roach's HBO movie Recount, covering the contentious aftermath of the 2000 election pitting George W. Bush against Al Gore, swept up three Emmys in 2008, including best television movie. This year’s Game Change, focusing on campaign adviser Steve Schmidt’s initial advocacy of and ultimate opposition to the choice of Sarah Palin as Sen. John McCain’s running mate, looks to be another formidable awards competitor. And in August, Roach will deliver a fictional political battle when Warner Bros. releases The Campaign, a feature film starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as brawling opponents in North Carolina. With this political hat-trick in full swing, Roach talked to THR’s Kim Masters about the challenges of making ripped-from-the-headlines films.
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