​McCain And HBO Arizona Senator Film Series

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March 29, 2011

McCain and HBO. John McCain will be played by Oscar-nominated Ed Harris in an upcoming HBO film. The docu-drama “Game Change” is based on the best-selling book by the same name, written by John Heilemann of New York magazine and Mark Halperin of Time magazine.

Harris is no stranger to playing a presidential candidate on the big screen. In 1992, the actor starred in “Running Mates,” a romantic comedy in which he portrays a bachelor U.S. senator who falls in love with a woman played by Diane Keaton during a run for the Oval Office. He also played Watergate figure Howard Hunt in Oliver Stone’s 1995 biopic “Nixon.”

The 60-year-old is 12 years younger – and noticeably thinner – than McCain was during his bid for the presidency. The film will be directed by Jay Roach, who won an Emmy for “Recount” about the controversial 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. There’s no word on who will play President Obama.

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime is a book by political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin about the 2008 United States presidential election.  It was also published in the UK under the title Race of a Lifetime: How Obama Won the White House. The book is based on interviews with more than 300 people involved in the campaign. It discusses factors, including Democratic Party presidential candidate John Edwards’s extramarital affair, the relationship between Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his vice presidential running mate Joe Biden, failure of Republican Party candidate Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign and Sarah Palin’s vice presidential candidacy.