(NEW YORK) — HBO’s critics on the Right were apparently right about the network’s upcoming movie Game Change, about Sen. John McCain’s run for the presidency in 2008. While the network claimed the movie would be even-handed politically, the trailer for the film shows Sarah Palin doesn’t come off too well; critics decried it from the get-go as a hit piece on the former Alaska governor who became the target of a merciless media and political barrage after McCain chose her as his running mate.
Starring Ed Harris and Julianne Moore — who in the past has been critical of Palin — the movie, which premieres on March 10, depicts how McCain’s team picked the former Alaska governor and then subsequently, had second thoughts about it when Palin seemed to fold under pressure. The book of the same name on which the movie is based is about the entire 2008 election, but the filmmakers — who also produced the Left-leaning HBO movie Recount — chose to focus on the Palin/McCain part of the book.
Included in the trailer is Palin claiming that Russia can be seen from Alaska as Woody Harrelson, who plays McCain adviser Steven Schmidt, quips, “Oh my God, what have we done?”
At one point, Moore as Palin tells the adviser, “I’m single-handedly carrying this campaign. I’m going to do what I want.” Moore also remarks in whisper, “I have to win this thing. I so don’t want to go back to Alaska.”
There’s been no comment yet from Palin about the trailer for Game Change., though
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