HBO film depicts Palin near ‘nervous breakdown’

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 15:41 EDT
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Actress Julianne Moore as former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in the HBO film "Game Change." Image: Screengrab via HBO.
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HBO’s upcoming film “Game Change” won’t go easy on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, if the first trailer is to be believed.

Published online Tuesday, the footage shows off actress Julianne Moore as the half-term governor, jockeying with Sen. John McCain’s top aides for control of the campaign’s message.

At one point, a senior McCain aide played by Woody Harrelson remarks to someone on the phone: “She’s on the verge of a complete nervous breakdown.” Seconds later he says, “She’s a great actress, Ray. Why don’t we just give her some words?”

The trailer closes with Moore saying, “We have to win this thing. I so don’t want to go back to Alaska.”

The film is based on the book “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin,” by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. It covers the 2008 presidential race.

HBO plans to air the film on March 10.

This video is from HBO, published Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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