Julianne Moore is one of Hollywood's finest actresses. She's stunning and brilliant (she is an "outspoken liberal," after all), but more importantly, she is a talented performer. That's why, I'm sure she'll have absolutely no trouble playing 2008 vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Oh yeah, here we go ... It hasn't even been four years, and HBO plans to make a film adaptation of the 2008 election tell-all book, Game Change, written by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Moore is the first member of the cast, which will feature actors portraying all of the top players in the race, such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain.
Something about serious portrayals of people who are very much living and very much still on "the scene" just seems contrived and ridiculous ...
But I will say I'm interested to see Moore's interpretation of the "Mama Grizzly," and I'm also intrigued by the ground the flick is sure to cover. After all, the 2010 book, Game Change, spilled a lot of dirt about all the candidates.
In particular, it will be interesting to see if these juicy details make their way onto the screen:
The book states that Hillary Clinton said she believed Obama's team had used out-of-state supporters to win the Iowa caucuses and had intentionally exploited Obama's race. She said the country faced a "a terrible choice" between Obama and Republican nominee John McCain. This part -- while not that surprising, given how contentious the race was at that point -- could certainly feel like a painful reminder, given Hillary's now buddy-buddy partnership with the Prez.
The authors also noted that Obama and running mate Joe Biden barely spoke, had separate schedules and rarely campaigned together. The campaign kept Biden off the nightly calls that included Obama, instead having the campaign manager and senior strategist brief Biden separately. I'm actually a little surprised by this! It seemed like Obama and Biden were pretty cool with each other on the campaign trail. I just hope they shed some light on the "why" of this one.
And here's my fave: The book details how aides to McCain described the difficulties they faced with Sarah Palin. Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser to McCain, is quoted telling Palin's foreign policy tutors: "You guys have a lot of work to do. She doesn't know anything." Well, duh! I'm surprised that most people don't already know this, but judging by the fact that people still write about and talk about this woman like she knows what she's doing, I guess some people need to see a movie based on a book illustrating just how ignorant she really is.
Therein lies the challenge for Julianne Moore, I think ... She'll have to portray this woman who has already been perfectly parodied by Tina Fey, a woman who is difficult to understand -- and understanding a character's motivations are, I would think, integral to portraying them.
I personally can't wrap my head around Palin's logic -- that she's a "feminist," but believes women shouldn't have any reproductive rights, or that she loves visitin' those "pro-America" areas of the U.S. Hopefully, Moore has an easier time with that, though. In fact, if her track record is any indication, she'll end up knockin' this one out of the park. If we're lucky, her performance could even have some influence on the 2012 election ... You betcha!
What do you think about Julianne Moore playing Sarah Palin?
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