The upcoming HBO film Game Change, as with any film focused on recent political events, is destined to be controversial. The film focuses on the Republican side of the 2008 general presidential election, which saw Arizona senator John McCain (Ed Harris) running for president. The game change referenced by the film's title is the selection of Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate. In the film, Palin will be portrayed by actress Julianne Moore. The 51-year-old Moore recently shared her opinion of Pailin with Capitol File Magazine, and naturally, it wasn't very glowing.
"She wasn't qualified to be vice president. She wasn't a qualified candidate. I think that became quite evident during the campaign," Moore (pictured right, in character alongside Harris as McCain) is quoted as saying. "It was so shocking to me when she resigned the governorship of Alaska when the presidential election was over. I was stunned. I just think that shows such an unbelievable lack of interest in the actual governing."
But don't let her disdain for Palin lead you to think that Moore put anything other than her greatest effort into the role: "I basically had two months to prepare, so I cleared my schedule of everything, literally. I cleared everything that didn't involve my family - I just let go of it and spent all my time doing research. It was total immersion. The trickiest thing is to take all these physical and vocal characteristics and somehow filter the character's essence through them. And then you personally have to meet them somewhere, too. There's this melding that has to happen."
Game Change, which premieres on HBO March 10, also stars Woody Harrelson, Ron Livingston, and Sarah Paulson. The film is based on the 2010 book of the same name written by Time Magazine's Mark Halperin and New York Magazine's John Heilemann.