March 8th, 2012
12:36 PM ET
The HBO film "Game Change," which follows John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, has been criticized for not sticking to the facts - but star Julianne Moore has said that they took pains to maintain accuracy.
Moore, who plays then vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in the TV movie, told CNN Wednesday that playing such a public figure comes with "tremendous responsibility."
"You’re playing a living person, [and] not just that, but someone who is historically and culturally significant," Moore, 51, said. So of course there was a responsibility "to be as accurate as possible...we were going for 100 percent veracity."
"Honestly, when I was working with Danny Strong, the screenwriter, and [director] Jay Roach, if I had a question about something they had to assure me that this is 100 percent sourced. And they were able to, 'cause otherwise I had nothing to hang my hat on."
But in the end, Moore said, "Game Change" isn't focused solely on Palin's role in the 2008 election.
"I think the story is so compelling, and it's less a story about Sarah Palin than it is the 60 days between her pick as VP and McCain’s concession speech," the actress explained.
"I think it’s a look at how we choose our leaders," she continued. "And one of the things that’s interesting to me is that we continue to be drawn to people who are incredibly charismatic, attractive, [and] maybe have a movie star quality. And I don’t think any of us would agree that's a necessary quality in a leader, and then again and again we tend to fall for that quality."
HBO's "Game Change" bows Saturday, March 10. (CNN and HBO share a parent company.)
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