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Liev Schreiber: Quick Thoughts

Liev Schreiber: Quick Thoughts

What attracted you to the project?
When I heard that Jonathan Demme was directing this incarnation of it, that was very exciting to me. I've always been a fan of his films. And then as the cast started to take shape - Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Jon Voight - are pretty good company.

Can you tell us about your character?
I play Raymond Shaw, who first and foremost, is the son of Eleanor Shaw and is a candidate for Vice President. He is born with a silver spoon in his mouth and he's had a difficult relationship with his mother. He's been trying to separate, joined the army, and then returning from the army, he goes into a political career driven primarily, again, by his mother.

Can you tell us a little bit about Meryl's character?

I think Eleanor Shaw is one of those people who decided when she was born what she was going to do and never let up for a second pursuing that. Regardless of what it entails losing, whether it be family, lives, reputation, none of that ever mattered. Her goal was sort of viciously single-minded.

Can you tell us about your character's conflict with Denzel's?
Denzel's character, Captain Marco, has a very different memory or at least a dream life, about what happened in Kuwait. Which, you know, given the circumstances of any campaign can be really incendiary right now for him to be popping up and telling these stories. I think that the general consensus is that he's delusional.

Interview by Josh Newhouse