Last night, Jay Roach's movie Game Change, based on Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's book about the meltdown of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, premiered on HBO. One person conspicuously not watching it was John McCain himself, who admitted to viewing a Phoenix Coyotes hockey game instead. McCain had previously stated, "It'll be a cold day in Gila Bend, Arizona when I watch that movie."
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, the former Navy pilot known for his quick temper elaborated on his displeasure with the film. Said McCain:
"I'm not going to watch it. It's based on a book that's completely biased and with unattributed quotes. I've been told I'm portrayed as using an exceeding amount of coarse language. I don't use coarse language very often. I have a larger vocabulary than that."
McCain is played in the film by Ed Harris, which pretty much seems like perfect casting. Julianne Moore's portrayal of Sarah Palin has been highly praised as less of a caricature than Tiny Fey's Emmy-winning impersonation, but far better than Andy Samberg's… less credible take. The real Sarah Palin has said that Game Change was based on a false narrative and also didn't plan on watching it. McCain's wife Cindy and daughter Meghan indicated that they would be skipping the movie as well, but you know they're all totally going to watch it in secret at some point.
Continuing to offer his opinion on a movie he hasn't seen, McCain defended his old running mate Palin:
"I don't understand, even in the tough world of politics, why there continues to be such an assault on a good and decent person. I admired and respect her. I'm proud of our campaign… I thought she was the best qualified person."
McCain also said he wasn't pleased with a statement in support of the film made by his former campaign manager Steve Schmidt, portrayed in the movie by everyone's favorite bartending stoner who can't jump, Woody Harrelson. Schmidt had said, "Ten weeks of the campaign are condensed into a two-hour movie. But it tells the truth of the campaign. That is the story of what happened."