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Woody Harrelson: Republican Talk 'Makes Me Weep For Humanity,' Talks 'Game Change'

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 03/12/2012 1:43 pm   Updated: 03/12/2012 5:47 pm

Woody Harrelson may have played GOP strategist Steve Schmidt in HBO's "Game Change," but that doesn't mean the actor has much admiration for Schmidt's fellow Republicans.

In a recent interview with Men's Journal, Harrelson was asked if he had more sympathy for Republicans after filming the screen adaptation of a book by the same name that promised a glimpse behind the scenes of the 2008 McCain-Palin campaign. He didn't mince words: "“F**k, no!" Harrelson is quoted as saying. "The s**t those people say just makes me weep for humanity!”

Harrelson did, however, have some sympathy for Schmidt himself. He said he spent some time with McCain's campaign ace and was surprised by what he learned. "I really found myself liking him," he said. "He’s a political animal, but I feel like he’s an idealist and not bogged down in all the bullshit."

Schmidt had some kind words to say about the film as well, telling MSNBC today that the movie "really rang true" for those involved with the campaign.

Though the film has been characterized as being a bit harsh on the former vice-presidential nominee, Schmidt stood by its portrayal of Palin as a driven but under-qualified politician. "I think the notion of Sarah Palin being president of the United States is something that frightens me, frankly," he said. "And I played a part in that because we were fueled by ambition to win."

"Game Change" is not the only buzzworthy book-to-movie adaptation on Harrelson's plate. The 50-year-old actor also stars in the massively anticipated "The Hunger Games," in which he plays Haymitch Abernathy, a mentor to Jennifer Lawrence's character Katniss Everdeen. But in the interview with Men's Journal, he reveals he wasn't always eager to do the role. “I turned it down," he said. "But then the director, Gary Ross, called and said, ‘I don’t have a second choice, you’re the part. You have to do this.’ And I said, ‘In that case, let’s do it.'"

The full interview appears in the April issue of Men's Journal. For more from the interview, including details on Harrelson's relationship with his father, head over to the magazine's website.

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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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