Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep are making the rounds pushing their latest project The Post, which stars Streep as Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper with The Washington Post, and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee. The movie is set in 1971 as The Post and The New York Times races to expose a massive government cover-up with the Pentagon Papers.
So far, the film has been considered “timely” by critics and Spielberg is backing that up in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter by saying that because of Trump’s contentious relationship with the press, “This was the only year to make this film." Both he and Streep discussed this terrifying time to be leftists:
SPIELBERG: [W]e’ve lost the majority of good listeners… our conversations have turned into skirmishes. We live in an area where we don't know a lot of red-state voters. Well, I know a lot because I have friends and family in other parts of this country, and so at dinner-table conversations outside of California, I'm completely mute or I get into these huge rows. The gray and the blue have become the blue and the red. And it is as vast a chasm as our nation faced before the Civil War. I've never seen anything like it.
STREEP: We don’t know where north is. People disagree on what actual facts are. Whether this table is really a table.
Both Hollywood legends stated that they don’t trust the media “broadly,” with Streep saying, “You trust but verify. We get betrayed.”
Spielberg added, “I'm not going to go on record saying which media I trust; I'm just saying, obviously, there is media that you would imagine I would not trust. (Laughter.) Obviously, there is media you would take for granted I trust, and you would be right.”
Streep says she regularly visits the NYT, WaPo, and The Guardian, but also Politico and The Drudge Report.
“I go to Fox often to see the manipulation,” she said, with no sense of irony that she just mentioned four publications which manipulates to the Left.
Spielberg revealed that he wasn’t initially interested in making this film but after reading the script, and feeling “scared,” he quickly got to work to make it happen in the first year of Trump’s presidency.
“The more frightened I become of something, the more I have to work through it,” he said. “This was a topic that was scaring everybody I know on my side of the [political] street — and quite rightly.”
Jeez, where's a good Indiana Jones flick when you need one?