In anticipation of HBO’s upcoming film, Game Change, we have a look at how the movie’s two lead actors, Julianne Moore and Ed Harris, prepared for taking on the respective roles of Sarah Palin and John McCain.
Moore: “I knew I would have to do a tremendous amount of research. It’s daunting to play somebody who is not only a living figure, but a hugely well-known one. So, for me, the most important thing was accuracy. I wanted to be as accurate as I could in my characterization. It was just four years ago, after all.”
Harris: “My respect and my understanding of Mr. McCain, Senator McCain, certainly deepened. I spent a lot of time reading some of the books he had written with Mark Salter, particularly Faith of My Fathers, which is an autobiographical account of his time growing up; his father and grandfather being admirals in the navy, him knowing from a young age that he was going to be going to Annapolis; his years as a prisoner-of-war, and the aftermath of that, and his decision to go into politics.”