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Spielberg: 'Could Not Believe the Similarities' Between 2017 and Nixon

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 December 2017 12:54 PM

A new film that depicts a powerful female figure and a newspaper's pursuit of uncovering government secrets was destined to come out this year, director Steven Spielberg said.

Spielberg, actress Meryl Streep, and others involved with the making of "The Post" sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss The Washington Post's effort to report on the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

Spielberg said the film was rushed through the process so it could hit theaters before the end of 2017 because of the current political and social climate.

"I was really curious about the subject matter," Spielberg said, recalling his thoughts after he first read the script written by screenwriter Liz Hannah. "When I finished Liz's script, I thought this was an idea that felt more like 2017 than 1971 — I could not believe the similarities between today and what happened with the Nixon administration against their avowed enemies The New York Times and The Washington Post.

"I realized this was the only year to make this film."

The movie will appear in select theaters on Dec. 22 before a nationwide release on Jan. 12, 2018. It depicts Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, played by Streep, working through the process of eventually giving the paper's editor Ben Bradlee, played by Tom Hanks, permission to publish documents that detailed the cover-up about the United States' political and military actions in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.

Graham and Bradlee risked jail time and faced pressure from President Richard Nixon as they grappled with the decision of whether to not to publish the documents.

Spielberg noted that he was "scared" after reading the script, which told him that this was a project worth tackling.

"This was a topic that was scaring everybody I know on my side of the [political] street — and quite rightly," he said.

"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."

President Donald Trump routinely criticizes select media outlets and individual members of the media, which some take as a way to exert pressure on the press.

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