While Tina Fey lent a comic air to her portrayals of Sarah Palin, Julianne Moore is about to play a seriously unhinged version of the rogue vice-presidential candidate in HBO’s Game Change.
That’s not to say Game Change won’t have its funny moments: The movie, which portrays John McCain (played by Ed Harris) as a desperate candidate who made a gamble on the wild-card governor of Alaska, includes Palin’s laughably disastrous interviews with the mainstream media and her hysterical response to the fallout.
“It wasn’t my fault. I wasn’t properly prepped!” Moore/Palin shrieks after the interview where she infamously claimed she could see Russia from her front porch.
But how close to the truth is the film? It’s based on journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book of the same name, which was lauded as a reliable account of McCain’s campaign. Of course any movie will dramatize for effect, but we recall Palin denying aides’ requests to prep her for major interviews.
Perhaps she’s just lying after the fact? That wouldn’t exactly be an atypical move for the self-described Mama Grizzly.
Game Change premieres March 10 at 9pm on HBO.
christopher di spirito
I would rather pour battery acid into my eyes than watch a movie about the Old Coot and Mama Grifter. This is one HBO movie I have no interest watching.
“I. am. not. yer, puppet!”
And this is related to the gay community in what way? Sounds to me like an excuse to demean someone you don’t like for their politics. Is this somehow empowering to us? I, for one, am confused.
A “seriously unhinged Sarah Palin” ? You say that as if there was another kind!
@stoopid louie – it involves the gay community because she’s a polarizing figure specifically in regards to her views on gay rights. that she’s still involved in the public political landscape makes her (unfortunately) still relevant.
i guess if you were mildly intelligent, you might figure that out.
“after the interview where she infamously claimed she could see Russia from her front porch.”
She didn’t quite say that. That was from Tina Fey’s parody.
@InscrutableTed: this is true, the “front porch” comment IS a joke, HOWEVER.. she DID say that she had “insight” into Russia because Russia could be seen from Alaska. The woman is a dipstick. A dangerous dipstick with a gun. And a following.
This is what I said on huffpost:
I just watched the movie again. The first viewing, I was in complete awe, because, while I knew she was bad, I didn’t know she was THAT bad. The thing is, people can say what they want about “Team Obama” or “Liberal Hollywood.” This information came from inside the McCain/Palin campaign. This isn’t liberal spin. Wallace and Schmidt are Republicans, why would they want to go against their party? Furthermore, I expected a hatchet job, but it wasn’t. That right there gives a nod to deliberate fairness and accuracy. If anything, the handlers, and even McCain were likable. And as much as I loathe Sarah Palin, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for her. Other than perhaps the behind the scenes arguments,etc, being blown up for effect, I can’t help but, in honest and complete horror, believe this is very close to the truth. Also, with what we know of that campaign, it makes perfect sense. To semi quote the movie, the fact that that woman was almost one 72 year old man’s heartbeat away from running this country should scare the H*LL out of ALL OF US.
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