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Julianne Moore: Sarah Palin Movie Shows What's Wrong With Our Democracy (VIDEO)

First Posted: 03/ 8/2012 11:04 pm Updated: 03/ 9/2012 1:03 pm

WASHINGTON -- After three years of speculation and plenty of criticism from its main subjects, HBO’s “Game Change” premiered in Washington on Thursday at the Newseum before a packed audience of more than 200 political and media heavyweights.

Adapted from the book by Jon Heilman and Mark Halperin, the film chronicles a two-month period in the 2008 presidential race, beginning with then-Gov. Sarah Palin’s nomination to be the Republican vice presidential nominee, and ending with Sen. John McCain’s concession speech following Barack Obama’s victory.

Stars Julianne Moore and Sarah Paulson, director Jay Roach and screenwriter Danny Strong walked the red carpet at the premiere, where they spoke to HuffPost about the relationship between politics and acting, as well as what they might say to the film's subjects if they had the chance.

“This movie isn’t as much about Sarah Palin as it is about how we choose our leaders and why we’re drawn, again and again, to people who are wildly charismatic and attractive, with almost a movie star quality," said Moore.

“Why [we think] those qualities are necessary in a leader is beyond me. Obviously they’re not,” Moore said.

But for Roach, the director, the similarities between politics and acting were front-and-center to his thinking. "You almost have to be an actor [to be elected to office], no matter what your chops are as a policy expert or a candidate," he said.

Strong, the screenwriter, said he would love the chance to tell Palin "how amazing I think she is. She’s this extraordinary, dynamic, fascinating person.”

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Sarah Palin On 'Game Change'
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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said she wouldn't watch her portrayal in "Game Change" by Julianne Moore.

"I'm not going to go see the movie, neither is the good Sen. John McCain," she told Fox News. "We've discussed this and realized that Hollywood lies are Hollywood lies. They're going to do what they can to drum up their money and their machine, and their machine happens to be a very pro-leftist, pro-Barack Obama machine there at HBO that created this movie. And those campaign staffers who essentially threw John McCain under the bus, I think that they should feel some shame, and they should feel some embarrassment, because the movie is based on a false narrative, as you can see in the trailer."

A number of her former aides, however, saw the film, and posted this response on the Sarah PAC website:
Despite HBO's best efforts, we have all seen the movie Game Change. We stand by everything we previously said on the record. The movie is at best "historical fiction" - historical only in that Sarah Palin was nominated and campaigned for the office of Vice President. The movie is a series of scenes where the dialogue, locations and participants are invented or rendered unrecognizable for dramatic effect. HBO and its surrogates continue to argue that they spoke to 25 sources. None of them are on the record nor is their level of involvement in the campaign disclosed. Not one source is on the record in either the book or in the movie and it is clear why. The authors of the book never even traveled on the campaign with Governor Palin. We call on HBO to add the fiction disclaimer.

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