McCain won't watch 'Game Change'
March 28th, 2011
09:16 AM ET
3 years ago

McCain won't watch 'Game Change'

(CNN) - He is set to be portrayed by a four-time Oscar nominee, but Arizona Sen. John McCain says he has no intention of watching Ed Harris' upcoming interpretation of him.

"He's a very fine actor and a great actor," McCain said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. "I obviously haven't read the book, so I don't think I'll be watching the film."

HBO revealed last week Harris would star as the former presidential candidate in the cable network's adaptation of "Game Change" – the bestselling 2009 book by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin that provided an inside look into the 2008 presidential campaign.

The movie will focus on the book's largely-negative portrayal of the McCain campaign, especially the reportedly hasty decision to pick then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the vice presidential nominee.

"I've been made very aware about its depiction of me, and it is what it is," McCain added.

In addition to Harris, actress Julianne Moore will play the role of Sarah Palin and Woody Harelson will depict McCain's campaign manager, Steve Schmidt.


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  1. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    McCain has never read the Bible either, but he watched The Ten CommandmentsI He just went out for popcorn and missed two or three of them.

    March 28, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. VW

    McCain made such a great choice in picking Sarah! Not!

    March 28, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. Larry

    After McCain is quoted as saying that Ed Harris is a ver y fine actor and a very great actor, I have a feeling he won't watch the movie because he doesn't remember the 2008 campaigh.

    The Palin camp is already working on refudiating the movie.

    March 28, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  4. Bob

    Makes you wonder if Hollywood would have made this same movie if Obama had lost. Probably not. Theres no fun in make Democrats look bad.

    March 28, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. me

    lol should be a good movie. someone playin mccain and palin. and then on top woody harelson. lol

    March 28, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. EddyL

    Is McCain still collecting that Social Security check?

    March 28, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Henry

    He probably can't watch it because he can't remember where he put the remote.

    March 28, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Liberal4Obama

    Still bitter ? Let it go John

    March 28, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    How much of the "damn fence" has been completed, across the Arizona border with Mexico, that John McCain promised in order to get elected? Apparently truth isn't his long suit!

    March 28, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. rusty155

    Because he know he gave America that IDIOT Saran Palin and he know he was wrong. She was Unqualified to be Vice President. Just like now she Very UNQUALIFIED to be President of America or any PUBLIC OFFICE. Nobody should vote for any body back by the TEA PARTY AND THE KOCH'S BROTHER or we will all be sorry.

    March 28, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. diridi

    Movie guys want to make money on unneeded ones....i bet he does not watch it....who is sarah pallins, and Bobby zindal, and Mitt romney, and Tim palintine, Rand Paul....is it all bout GOP idiots??????AND how this economy is destroyed by GOP....

    March 28, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. FM

    Myself if I were McCain, I would not watch it either. It is always painful to revisit and ponder major mistakes one did and of which can never be changed. McCain picking his VP will never vanish in his thoughts and the rest of us!

    March 28, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. LA, LA, LA

    Poor little old man. McCain does not want to watch and be reminded that he unleashed that crazed woman upon America!

    March 28, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Yonon

    Was Bozo unavailable for the Palin character?

    March 28, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'm sure McCain wishes picking Palin was just a bad nightmare that he wants to forget and the movie is just a reminder that it's not a nightmare. Never in history do I recall a former VP nominee talk negative about the presidential running mate as Palin has about John McCain, but then again Palin always proves her pure ignorance.

    March 28, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. drinky

    Why is it obvious that you haven't read the book? Are you a typical ROBthePUBLICan who refuses to even learn why he's refusing to learn something?

    March 28, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. rg

    It will be quite a challenge for Harris (very handsome) to portray this souless egomaniac. Same for Julianne Moore.

    March 28, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. Matt

    McCain is a class act, always has been. From his refusing to leave the prison camp when his father's position in the military could have afforded him special treatment, to town halls where he he did not give the easy answer, and explained why something unpopular was necessary, to his bipartisan work, to passing on the opportunity to criticize any aspect of this re-creation. Every country could use dozens more men like John McCain in politics at all levels.

    March 28, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. lisa

    I wont be watching it as well. DOnt trust Hollywood when it comes to conservitives. People will take it in as the truth and that is such a shame.

    March 28, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. I can see Russia from here!

    I hope Woody has been practicing his slow burn. It is a rare talent for comedians to possess anymore and one he will need for this role.

    March 28, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. roro

    Can't wait to see this jerk skewered.

    March 28, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Independent In Albany

    I would have picked Fran Drescher for Palin and Howdy-Doody for McCain

    March 28, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    McCain can't bare watching that embarassing election and that stupid choice of a VP nominee. McCain hasn't read the book? I see why he chose Silly Sarah as his runniing mate. They both don't like to read.

    March 28, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. Marge

    Isn't it odd how the republicans try to make their losers heroes.....Typical. Next we will have the Koch Bros company as a corporate organization that helps and ministers to the poor. Those republicans, you sure have to give em credit they don't give up leading that group of fox lemmins over the cliff.

    March 28, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You won't watch the movie,and you haven't read the book, can't say that I blame you. Who'd want to see themselves LOSE TWICE?!

    March 28, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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