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'The Post' Gets Its First Screening. Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep Are There To Unveil

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Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep were in attendance at AMC Lincoln Square for the first screening of 'The Post.'  A review embargo was in place but that didn't stop the media from giving the cast and crew a standing ovation which is a good sign.  Also in attendance was Bob Odenkirk and fellow Welshy, Matthew Rhys.

“It just felt like this was going to be a movie that I was gonna want to make immediately, and I was still making this other movie for Warner Bros.,” said Spielberg.  “This was like something that couldn’t wait for three years or two years. This was a story that I really felt we needed to tell today.”

During the panel, Hanks recounted his previous meetings with Bradlee and Graham, and praised the movie’s inclusion of the newspaper printing process. “Look how complicated it was to put out a newspaper — that linotype machine along makes you wonder, how did they put that thing out every morning so that they could read it at 6 a.m.?” said Hanks. Spielberg then stressed, “This was a profession that was about the truth and often the cost of compiling stories, and then having to physically go into the linotype room…where it was really a hands-on craft. We wanted to show that because we have such respect for all the news organizations, from the beginning of news, that are able to get this stuff out and disseminated.”

Spielberg also explained why he used the real audio tapes of Richard Nixon in the movie, which are heard over a silhouette of the former president in the White House. “It just seemed to me that there’s a fabulous choice role for Richard Nixon and we should cast him in this movie. It shouldn’t be a voice impersonator; it should be the president himself,” he said, adding that he wanted to keep the focus on the Post staff. As for the movie’s clear connection to the current administration’s relationship with the press, Spielberg said, “The relevance is up to everybody to strike their own balance between the news today and the news then. But obviously, sometimes, bad things happen twice. History is certainly repeating itself.”

Source - Hollywood Reporter

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