'Truth' L.A. Screening: James Vanderbilt Talks Affinity for Journalism

James Vanderbilt at Monday night's screening.

Co-star Elisabeth Moss also reveals her favorite news figures, including a couple of news-focused comedians.

Stars Cate Blanchett and Elisabeth Moss turned out for an industry screening of Truth at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills on Monday night.

Truth is a dramatic retelling of the true story of Dan Rather and Mary Mapes' fateful exit from CBS News after they aired a 60 Minutes report on President George W. Bush’s military service with the Texas Air National Guard, based on documents that may have been forgeries. The movie, in which Robert Redford plays Rather and Blanchett plays Mapes, is based on Mapes’ 2005 memoir. 

First-time feature director James Vanderbilt talked to The Hollywood Reporter about his affinity for the industry his movie explores.

“I always loved journalism, and if I hadn’t gone into my silly business, I would have gone into journalism," he said. "I considered it really seriously many, many times. I’ve always been fascinated by it. If I only get one shot [to direct], I want it to be about something that matters to me.” 

Blanchett said of her work as Rather's producer: “My role as an actor is to try and present, even if the character’s a real-life character or not, you try to present them in a three-dimensional way.”

Moss, who plays Lucy Scott, explained the research she conducted before taking the role. “I read the script before I read the book, then when I read the book, I was fascinated by the whole story,” she said. When asked what news anchors or reporters are Moss’ favorites, she lists Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Rachel Maddow. “I like to get a little bit of humor with my truth,” the Mad Men alum added, smiling.

Truth will be released on Oct. 16 in Los Angeles and New York.