Julianne Moore Calls Channeling Sarah Palin in HBO's Game Change 'Daunting' PLUS: New Trailer

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Was playing Sarah Palin in HBO’s anticipated movie Game Change challenging? You betcha, says Julianne Moore.

“It was a daunting task to play somebody who is not only a living figure but a hugely well-known one,” the Oscar nominated actress told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Friday. “I wanted to be as accurate as possible.”

Moore said she did a “tremendous amount of research” to prepare for the Emmy-baiting role, including hiring a vocal coach to capture the former Alaska governor’s “idiosyncratic way of speaking.” She also studied news footage, watched Palin’s reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, and read her book, Going Rogue.

“She’s a real human being, and it’s my responsibility to portray her as accurately as possible,” Moore added.

Asked if her opinion of Palin changed during the making of the movie, Moore said, “I certainly have profound respect for the historical nature of her candidacy. From where she was taken from state government… to the national stage… The fact that she was able to perform the way she was able to was simply amazing.”

Game Change, which follows John McCain’s (Ed Harris) ill-fated 2008 presidential campaign, most notably is selection of Palin as his running mate, debuts March 10. Press play below for a first look at the new trailer.

Comments (12)

  • “respect fot ht historical nature” REALLY.

    Comment by manderz – January 13, 2012 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Does everything need to be negative? Whether you like her or not, it was historical. Or can you tell me, when was the last time a woman was nominated for VP?

      Comment by sarcasmshouldmakesense – January 13, 2012 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I found that statement respectful and true.

      Comment by Nadine – January 13, 2012 07:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Holy. She looks just like her in that photo.

    Comment by Emily – January 13, 2012 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not really. Palin always appeared tanner to me in her photographs, whereas Moore just strikes me as pale.

      Comment by Meg – January 13, 2012 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The movie is kinda pointless now, ain’t it!

    Comment by Brad – January 13, 2012 11:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Emmy-baiting role?? Really? I’ve seen clips, Moore’s performance is.lackluster and lacks credibility. This is much ado about nothing.

    Comment by Babygate – January 13, 2012 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sarah Palin isn’t exactly exotic looking, replicating her looks not that difficult.

    Comment by transcender9 – January 13, 2012 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Shes better looking than any piece of tail you can get! You couldnt even get ugly-assed washed-up hag Julianne Moore!

      Comment by brutony – January 13, 2012 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Calling someone a washed-up hag says a lot about you brutony. Did
        your parents teach you manners.

        Comment by KK – January 14, 2012 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It will be a slam piece, pure and simple. her saying she has respect for her, bullsh*t. HBO is known for its democratic leaning ways.It will not be a fair depiction.Not that I am a republican or democrat, i am neither.Just so funny to hear both Julianne and HBO say it will be acurate…lol I highly doubt it. It’s like saying FOx News or MSNBC does straight up reporting, with no bias…hahaha

    Comment by Kelly – January 13, 2012 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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