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Because of the extensive parody of Katherine Harris in the media, Laura Dern expressed great apprehension over how to approach the character. Dern convinced director Jay Roach to allow her at least three takes for every scene: one underplayed, one "medium," and one way over-the-top, so Roach could help guide her performance.
Danny Strong made it his goal to interview the real-life counterpart of at least one character appearing in each scene. In most cases, he actually ended up interviewing every character. He achieved his goal in all but one case: because Katherine Harris declined any interviews, the scene where she stands alone looking out over the crowd of protesters outside her office was entirely imagined.
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According to his obituary on NPR's "Morning Edition," Sydney Pollack was set to direct this until he became too sick to continue the preparations.
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Though he granted extensive interviews to Danny Strong, Warren Christopher still objected to his portrayal in this film.
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The real James Baker III liked and supported the film upon its release.
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Kevin Spacey, Jayne Atkinson, and Derek Cecil would co-star on the Netflix political series House of Cards (2013).
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Most of the cast met with their real-life counterparts prior to filming. The real Katherine Harris refused to meet with Laura Dern or anybody else associated with the production, despite repeated pleas from Dern, writer Danny Strong and director Jay Roach.
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Laura Dern wore dark contact lenses to portray Katherine Harris.
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Kevin Spacey; and four Oscar nominees: Laura Dern, Tom Wilkinson, Bob Balaban and John Hurt.
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