Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq. Written by
Director Doug Liman learned Valerie Plame Wilson was what is known as a non-official covert operative or NOC. Liman said: "That made the whole situation unbelievably intriguing. NOCs are the real James Bonds. They are so secret that one NOC can't even point to another with any certainty. For my movie-going dollars, NOCs are the most interesting figures in the CIA. When you sign on as a CIA undercover operations officer, you agree to a life in which you can never ever take credit for anything you do. Yet Valerie chose to marry the exact opposite type of person, a man who is confrontational in the best possible way. To watch these people who are of such different temperaments take on the most powerful White House in the history of our country had the makings of a great drama." See more »
When Joe Wilson leaves the lunch with the Africans after the confrontation with the reporter, he exits the Willard Hotel at 14th and Pennsylvania NW. He gets in a cab and asks to be taken to the Palisades, a neighborhood in Upper NW DC. When he exits the cab he is in front of the Capitol. The cab has taken him 14 blocks in the wrong direction. See more »
Fair Game follows in the tradition of All The President's Men as presenting a probing look into an important political issue in the form of a crackling thriller. Director Doug Liman uses his Bourne Identity/Mr & Mrs Smith skills to move the true story of exposure of Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), the wife of US senator Joe Wilson (Sean Penn), as a CIA undercover agent by the Bush Administration at breakneck speed. Plame's research based on her contacts in Iraq had put serious doubts on the existence of WMD in Iraq, which was not in line with White House's view point. They thus considered her "fair game" for discrediting and public exposure. Fair Game is fascinating for all those interested in the mechanism of power and use/abuse of it; and is also a riveting piece of film making. In my view it's Liman's best film to date.
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