John Lithgow on ‘Miss Sloane’ and Playing Winston Churchill in ‘The Crown’

     December 6, 2016

With Miss Sloane now playing in limited release and opening nationwide on December 9th, I recently sat down with John Lithgow to talk about director John Madden’s new film. During the interview he talked about his reaction to the material, why John Madden is such a great director, how he likes to prepare for a role, the pressure he put on himself playing Winston Churchill in The Crown, and more.


Image via EuropaCorp

If you’re not familiar with the film, Jessica Chastain is fantastic as a ruthless lobbyist that’s willing to do whatever it takes to win. As the film unfolds, we follow as she attempts to take on the gun lobby and her former firm. While we all know the term “lobbyist,” Miss Sloane pulls the curtain back on how Capitol Hill games are played and I thought it was really well done. The film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Jake Lacey, Alison Pill, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Waterston and John Lithgow.

Check out what they had to say in the interview above, and below is exactly what we talked about along with some images from the film. You can also watch the Miss Sloane trailer by clicking here.

John Lithgow:

  • Talks about his immediate reaction to the material.
  • How John Madden did such a great job with the material.
  • How does he like to prepare for a role?
  • Talks about the amount of time he spent preparing for playing Winston Churchill in The Crown.

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