EARLY PREVIEW: Kevin Spacey In HBO’s “Recount”

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Kevin Spacey to star in HBO’s RecountUPDATE (4/06/08): HBO has sent along additional information on Recount, in anticipation of the May premiere.

ORIGINAL POST: If you were pissed off by the circus-like debacle known as the 2000 Presidential election, get ready to be angry all over again. HBO has sealed up their cast for Recount, a new film chronicling the Florida Folly, with Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern and Denis Leary.

THE CAST: Spacey as Al Gore’s chief of staff Ron Klain, Dern as Bush butt-sucker Katherine Harris, Tom Wilkinson as James Baker, Leary, John Hurt, Bob Balaban and Ed Begley, Jr. (And his electric car. Just kidding.) 

THE STORY: You know it, hell, you lived through it. More bullshit than you could stuff into one corrupt state, highlighted by antiquated voting procedures, shoddy checking techniques and a corrupt legal review system. Hurrah, democracy!

Jay Roach to direct HBO’s RecountTHE DIRECTOR: Jay Roach (the Austin Powers trilogy, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers), replacing Sydney Pollack who stays on as executive producer. There was talk of Roach directing Sacha Baron Cohen’s Dinner for Schmucks, but that now seems to be up in the air.

THE AIRDATE: No set date in 2008, but know this: When the ’08 campaign is driving you nuts, you’ll be able to watch this and really go bonkers.

QUESTION: How do you think the movie will be handled? Comedy or tragedy? Or both? TELL US

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21 Comments


  1. Jim W, 10 years ago Reply

    I’d have to say it’ll be a comedy, based solely on the Director’s track record. That, and the fact that nobody wants to be pissed off all over again, do they? Wouldn’t we rather “look back and laugh at all this”?


  2. Norm Schrager, 10 years ago Reply

    - Jim W. –

    Maybe it’ll be a dark comedy, if only to point out the rampant stupidity. That could stretch Jay Roach’s track record in a great way.

    Thanks for joining the conversation.

    -Norm S.


  3. rob morganstern, 9 years ago Reply

    well now just what do you think will be the result. Bush wins but he cheated. Bringing in slimey lawyers and the child of the greatest voter fraud of all (william daley of chicago) I am sure will not be pointed out. Democratic party Supressing the votes of servicemen and only asking for recounts in specific regions will surely be highlighted. So bring it all back just in time for the next election. Why not bring in those staunch dem friends Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Mr. Putin. Its not different. While we look like Juan and Eva Peron rinky dink banana republics…so pathetic.


  4. Donna G., 9 years ago Reply

    I can find humor in pretty much anything, but there’s nothing at all funny about having your Constitutional rights trampled on.

    It’s comforting to know that it’s in good hands with HBO, the truth of that episode will finally be told on screen. But small comfort knowing that the systemic fraud has only deepened since then.

    I registered to vote at the DMV in Nashville in June, 2000. Somewhere between there and the board of elections my registration got ‘lost’, and on election day the election board coolly told me that I had no right to cast a provisional ballot.

    Watching it all unfold in that systemic, diabolical, brilliant way, well, who was surprised that Bush, Cheney, Rove, et al would do anything but take what was there for the stealing. It only seemed like mayhem, especially in the poor, black neighborhoods.


  5. jen, 9 years ago Reply

    I was an extra in the film and worked with them for 3 days, I spoke with the writer and asked him what the genre was, and he said it was a political thriller, but somehow I think he was joking due to the nature of 2 of the scenes I was in( which were highly comical to me)
    It will definately be good, I was excited to be a part of it.


  6. Norm S., 9 years ago Reply

    - Jen –
    Nice! We love reports from the set, so thanks.

    If this one is a political thriller, I’ll eat my hat.

    The writer Jen is referring to, by the way, is Danny Strong, a first-time screenwriter with Recount. You know him better as an actor in TV land — He was on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and he played Doyle McMaster on Gilmore Girls.

    Thanks again Jen.

    -Norm S. (Meet In the Lobby)


  7. "Bush Lawyer", 9 years ago Reply

    I was an extra for the Florida Supreme Court scene and rehearsed my ass off at being a Rebublican before filming on Sunday. What an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of this film after living through this as a Florida resident. I look forward to the movie and my friends and family feel I deserve an Acadmy award for sitting still, and keeping my mouth shut. It was a challenge like no other but am anxious to see the film in its entirety,.
    I have always been curious as to why the Director of comedys took on this documentary. I have a great script for Jay Roach if he’s interestered .


  8. Norm Schrager, 9 years ago Reply

    - “Bush Lawyer” –
    That’s a riot. We love reports from the set, so many thanks.

    Why are you calling the film a documentary? And what’s your script for Jay Roach about?

    -Norm S. (Meet In the Lobby)


  9. Johnathan R., 9 years ago Reply

    I was an extra in the film and I’m rather sure it is a serious film. Give notice to the fact that Syndney Pollack’s name is attatched to the film. Pollack is responsible for films like ‘Michael Clayton’. I doubt Pollack’s name would be attatched to what in this case WOULD BE a farce if it weren’t a serious film.


  10. "Bush Lawyer", 9 years ago Reply

    Hey Norm S.
    just now noticed your response – i guess i feel it’s a documentary because it’s based on a “true story.” Living not only in Florida but Tallahassee since 1973 the comical comments about the film and remembering what a circus it was in 2000 – can only be labeled a documentary. no one can make this up. Although – Chads were referred to as Dingleberries ….


  11. "Bush Lawyer", 9 years ago Reply

    My script iscalled “If it ain’t one thing, it’s my Mother”


  12. Norm Schrager, 9 years ago Reply

    - Johnathan R. –

    Just a clarification or two: Pollack’s name was also attached to Michael Clayton, yes, but it was directed by Tony Gilroy. And remember, Sydney Pollack’s greatest achivement as a director may be Tootsie… (love the guy)

    From the trailer, it does seem like a drama, but with a snarky punch to it. If it is a satire, it seems like it would be more under the surface.

    – Bush Lawyer –
    I love your thinking on “documentary”. You’re right, no one can make this stuff up. And who would want to?

    -Norm S. (Meet In the Lobby)


  13. "Bush Lawyer", 9 years ago Reply

    Hey Norm, it’s me again. still a Florida resident and the recent incidents with Michigan and Florida delegates – any chance there’s gonna be an upcoming film called “ReDo?”


  14. JAMES "kIMO" ROSEN, 9 years ago Reply

    iT’S A TRAGEDY THAT THE WORLD HAS HAD TO PUT UP WITH GEORGE BUSH THE LAST 8 YEARS, NUMEROUS PEOPLE WOULD STILL BE ALIVE IF BUSH HAD NOT STARTED THE WAR INIRAG. FOR BUSH IT’S OK TO KILL ADULTS IN WAR BUT GOD FORBID A WOMAN GETS AN ABORTION. I KNOW YOU CAN NOT SAY ‘IF’ HOWEVER IF AL GORE WAS PRESIDENT I BELIEVE WE WOULD NOT BE AT WAR AND WE WOULD BE DRIVING MORE FUEL EFFICIENT VEHIICLES, IT WILL DEFINITELY BE VIEWED AS A TRAGEDY, HOW COULD IT NOT, BRINGING SUCH AN IDIOT TO THE HIGHRST OFFICE IS A TRAGEDY AND IT CAUSED CATASTRPHIC EVENTS. ALTHOUGH IT WILL BE VIEWED AS A TRAGEDY WE NED TO LAUGH OR WELL ALL GO NUTS.


  15. Kurtis, 9 years ago Reply

    Thanks all of you for shining your light on this travesty hoisted upon the brotherhood of man and it’s socio-opathic rulers.

    I enjoyed Michael Moore’s “Sicko” screenplay methodology in delivering the saddening reality of healthcare.

    Perhaps “Recount” while not have Micheal’s humorous presence will find some comic relief to lighten our loss of influence in what is now corporatocracy.

    Maybe one day we won’t but into it anymore. Localization is one way and it can help salvage our bio-sphere.

    Blessings, Kurtis


  16. mike lyman, 9 years ago Reply

    I am sure this movie will be handled with the usual liberal bias that is pervasive in Hollywood, and with Kevin Spacey.
    It is time to get over it, Bush has been in office almost eight years now, and you will have your chance to elect someone of your idealogical bent, so you can quit your bitching, and grow up.


  17. Old One Eye, 9 years ago Reply

    Liberal bias my ass. Poor baby Bushies getting their federal civil-rights violated by state judicial demands. I recall the Miami-Dade Republican “riot” which intimidated and-shut down that county’s recount. Katherine Harris (as Biblical Queen Esther) was willing to do what it took to prevent the genocide of unborn children which could only be stopped by Republican appointments to the Supreme Court. Liberals couldn’t make this shit up.


  18. curt rosinski, 9 years ago Reply

    WOW, look at all the angry people… This will be worth watching as a perspective on an event. No one gets to say they have all the answers. I read the comments posted from the red and blue sides and neither side capitulates the wrongs “their” side committed. Would the world be different if Former Senator Al Gore was now in his last term as President? Sure, does it matter? Not at all… How can I say this? I can say this, because, the world goes on. How far back does the blame game go? Clinton didn’t take Bin Laden when he could have. Bush one didn’t take Baghdad. Bin Laden was funded during Regan. Carter… Ford… Nixon… The United States has been “blessed” to have such errors occur by and during our leaders. ENJOY THE MOVIE!!!


  19. Elle, 9 years ago Reply

    Democrats only count Democrat votes….they don’t have to be legit. This show also proves they are sore losers. They expected the Republicans to roll over and let them steal this one. I gave Spacey a shot ….he said it wasn’t biased. He lied like the liberal he is. Clinton and Gore turned me into a Republican.


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