Fun-loving film critic Sarah Palin gave thumbs-down to the upcoming HBO movie about the 2008 presidential campaign in which Julianne Moore plays her.
The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate “reviewed” a clip of the movie on “Fox News Sunday” this past weekend and then gave her opinion under questioning by anchor Chris Wallace.
The made-for-HBO movie is the highly anticipated “Game Change,” based on the book that chronicled the 2008 Republican and Democratic campaigns, “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime” by John Heilemann.
Besides Moore, the cast also includes Ed Harris as John McCain and Woody Harrelson as McCain’s campaign chief Steve Schmidt. The story is told from Schmidt’s point of view. Curiously, HBO’s press materials do not mention who, if anyone, plays the Obamas or the Clintons. The movie is scheduled to premiere March 10 on HBO.
The clip seen on “Fox News Sunday” had Moore, as Palin, speaking angrily into a telephone and complaining to someone on the other end that she had been “poorly prepped” for an interview in which she had apparently come across badly. (In real life, that could have been any number of interviews she gave during the 2008 election season, including two — one with Katie Couric at CBS and another with Charlie Gibson on ABC — that we remember as being disastrous for her.)
The Harrelson character is seen in the clip declaring that Palin seems to be “on the verge” of a nervous breakdown.
“Is there any truth to the story?” Wallace asked her, according to an account in the New York Post. “Did you go into a funk during the campaign?”
“I’m sorry that millions of people are going to waste their time,” Palin replied. “I was never in a funk.”
“Thank God I have the right perspective on what really matters in life, Chris. And there’s no need to ever be in a funk when you know what right priorities are and what really matters in this life.” She then said the movie was based on a “false narrative.”
It was unclear whether Palin has actually seen the entire movie or even read the “Game Change” book.
We find it fascinating that, based on our interpretation of the trailer (above), this movie seems to be primarily about the story of Sarah Palin’s role in the 2008 campaign, when the book itself dealt in more-or-less equal measure with all the major players in that election drama, as its title indicates.