Written Interview: Grant Heslov (“Ides of March”)

October 15th, 2011 by

From Screen Rant:

The new political drama The Ides of March (read our review) – co-written, directed by and starring George Clooney – opened in theaters this weekend. Adapted from Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North, the film stars Ryan Gosling as Stephen Myers, a talented and ambitious campaign press secretary for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney).

In the story, the Morris campaign is in the midst of a political dogfight in the Ohio primary – which will determine the Democratic nomination for the Presidency  – when Stephen becomes enmeshed in a web of paranoia, deception and soul-staining “compromise.” Loyalties are tested and boundaries crossed when the opposing candidate’s campaign manager (Paul Giamatti) attempts to woo Stephen to his side – just as Stephen inadvertently uncovers a secret that could mean the end of Morris’ political ambitions.

Some excerpts from an interview with the movie’s screenwriter Grant Heslov:

“I had read the play. He (Clooney) and and I were working on something else, another idea, and he read it and we sort of felt like we could take what we were working on and marry it to this play. It seemed like a very good fit for us. We were working on a big morality tale and basically that’s what we turned this film into. I wouldn’t call the play a morality tale – maybe some would – but our desire was to turn it into that.”

“We wanted to create a candidate that regardless of what side of the fence you’re on, seemed like a good and honorable candidate. A man who stood by principals. And then we wanted to show that he was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. At that point, those moral questions really rear their head in terms of how Stephen is going to deal with it.”

For more of the interview, go here.

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