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The next HBO original movie, Game Change, revisits the saga of John McCain (Ed Harris) selecting Sarah Palin (
Tina Fey Julianne Moore) as his 2008 running mate. According to GOP strategist Steve Schmidt (played in Game Change by Woody Harrelson), the film "tells the truth." On The Tonight Show, Jay Leno assured a skeptical McCain that he's presented in a fair and mostly positive light.
But nobody wants to see Game Change for Harris's performance; the audience wants to watch Moore go crazy. Palin is already blasting the portrayal — even though she hasn't seen it — as a "tired routine of manipulating facts ... in order to push a biased agenda and drive ratings." She accuses the screenwriters, who both donated to Obama, of bias and fabrication.
And she even released a faux trailer on YouTube, titled Game Change We Can Believe In. The two-and-a-half-minute video replaces "HBO Films" with "HBO Fiction" and "Game Change" with "Fact Change." The rest is just clips of campaign speeches and cable news talking heads praising her to the skies.
Back in reality, Palin was a huge liability for McCain, despite an initial boost of popularity, and helped cost him the election. But that's the fun of movies: they aren't real.