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I thought it was a fun way to tell this story. It's hard to tell this story as complex as it is in a two-hour movie, it's never been about the medium although television and streaming has gotten much more interesting and more fun, it was more about telling the story. It's about telling good stories.
I think it'll intensify it, of course. But it's never about the media following you around because...if you're a royal, that's part of what you have to do, it's the other versions of it: going to interview people's parents, that kind of stuff that it starts to step into a really dark place...It just, sort of, the press turned on them and...I think people should be a little kinder. She's a young woman who just had a baby.
When you talk about ‘ Making America Great Again, ’ America being great everyone assumed was the Eisenhower ‘ 50s, and it was great if you were a white, straight male, but other than that it probablywas n’tso great, it’s fun to lift up that curtain and look underneath that thin veneer and see some of the real problems that this country has yet to completely come to terms with.
The genesis of the screenplay [ came when ] I was watching a lot of [ Trump ] speeches on the campaign trail about building fences and scapegoating minorities, and I started looking around at other times in our history when we’ve unfortunately fallen back into these things, and I found this story that happened in Levittown, Pennsylvania.
I know that Brad is an optimist and he wanted to write a film that said that every time we turn on the news as we do and see how bleak it is, that it doesn't have to end that way; there's a future out there if you get involved, and I like the idea of it, i loved the idea of the story ... I liked the ending, I like the way they talked about those subject matters.
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