Julianne Moore’s iPod full of Palin speeches to prepare for ‘Game Change’

Laura Donovan Contributor
Font Size:

Don’t expect to find too many billboard hits on four-time Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore’s playlist. The actress, who will portray former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the upcoming HBO film “Game Change,” put a number of the Alaska Republican’s speeches of her personal iPod to get ready for the big part. (Julianne Moore to play Sarah Palin in ‘Game Change’)

“Practice, an incredible amount of practice,” Moore told MTV News about perfecting Palin’s distinct accent. “I had to listen to it over and over again. My son was embarrassed because [Palin’s speeches were] all that was on my iPod. He said, ‘Where’s your music?’ [I told him] I erased all my music.”

Moore, who has a large role in the upcoming romantic comedy “Crazy Stupid Love,” explained to MTV that she had a rough time figuring out how to play a well known public figure.

“It was hard, really, really hard,” Moore said. “I had a great director, Jay Roach who was incredible. I adored him, [he was] so supportive, so smart. I did a lot of research, I worked really hard. It’s hard to play someone who is very present in people’s minds, who’s on television, very idiosyncratic, I did my best. We’ll see, I hope we pulled it off.”

Based off Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book, HBO’s “Game Change,” the movie follows the 2008 presidential election cycle. “A Beautiful Mind” actor Ed Harris will portray former presidential candidate John McCain. The film’s director Roach also directed the 2008 HBO made-for-TV flick “Recount,” which was inspired by the 2000 presidential election. Roach hired the same writer, Danny Strong, to pen the “Game Change” script. “Game Change” is slated for a 2012 release.