When director Rob Reiner (“When Harry Met Sally,” “A Few Good Males”) started taking pictures his drama “Shock and Awe” — concerning the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion and two Knight Ridder reporters (portrayed by Woody Harrelson and James Marsden) who doubted the federal government line that weapons of mass destruction existed there — he had a veteran actor lined up to play the important thing function of editor John Walcott.
“It was supposed to be Alec Baldwin,” Reiner, 71, tells The Publish over the cellphone from Los Angeles. “We had to rearrange issues for him so he might go up to New York [from where the production was shooting in Louisiana] and play Donald Trump [on ‘Saturday Night Live’]. We had already been taking pictures for some time with Woody and James, after which we obtained a name from his agent saying, ‘He’s dropping out. He can’t do the movie.’ Effectively, we had to shoot on Monday. I didn’t know what to do. Michele, my spouse, she’s a producer on the movie, and he or she stated, ‘Why don’t you play the half?’ I don’t like performing and directing — it’s an excessive amount of, it splits focus,” he says. “However what am I gonna do? I’m accessible and I work low cost.”
Thus, Reiner ended up with one of many lead roles in his movie, alongside Harrelson, Marsden and Tommy Lee Jones as battle correspondent Joe Galloway. He thinks the brand new movie “simply couldn’t be extra well timed.”
“There’s a quote from [journalist] Invoice Moyers firstly of the movie: ‘There isn’t a extra essential wrestle for American democracy than insuring a various, impartial and free media.’ And proper now the press is underneath assault. Whether or not or not democracy is gonna survive relies on whether or not or not the general public can get the reality — and whether or not the press can get to the reality. I hope folks will see it as a cautionary story.”