Avy Kaufman, one of New York’s top casting agents who’s cast movies from Brokeback Mountain to American Gangster to the upcoming Lincoln-assassination drama The Conspirator, had no idea who she’d cast as Sarah Palin in the upcoming HBO film Game Change. (Julianne Moore, it was announced, got the role; no other castings for the film about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and John McCain, were announced.) “I couldn’t cast that character. I don’t mean that in a mean way,” she told The Observer. “You can ask about something else.”
Well, would an actress not noted for accent work be the right choice for this part? Or is someone who can do an accurate impersonation–your Tina Fey, perhaps!–a better pick? “I don’t think actors try to impersonate–I think they try to cultivate–but we’re talking about the same thing,” Ms. Kaufman told The Observer. “I feel like it’s my job to be spot-on with the look, the accent, the dialect, it’s all one big story,” as with an upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic on which she’s working or with The Conspirator.
What about casting another politician? Which actor would she pick? Ms. Kaufman had a caveat: “Politics: My head doesn’t even go there. I couldn’t tell you a thing about what I would do. Some of these people, I have very strong opinions about.” So… who’d be the best Barack Obama? Ms. Kaufman laughed. “The best actor!”
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