“We were in preproduction on this,” [director George] Clooney says. “We were really getting close to starting up. But I remember sitting in a restaurant with (co-writer) Grant (Heslov) when Obama won, and we both realized we couldn’t make this movie right now. Everyone was so hopeful and happy. Now, the cynicism has come back around, so it’s time.”
Clooney, an outspoken critic of George W. Bush and a poster boy for liberal Hollywood among some conservatives, says the film “is more about process than platform.”
“The major issues are some of the major issues we face every day, including questions of morality,” he says. “We’re not trying to be polarizing.”
Still, Clooney can’t seem to help it. He says early test screenings have gone well, though “Republicans hate the beginning of the movie, Democrats hate the end. So we’re good.”
The movie is based on Farragut North, a play by former political aide Beau Willimon, who served as a screenwriter.
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