Kate Beckinsale and Rod Lurie Exclusive Video Interviews – NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

     December 18, 2008

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

Opening this week, in very limited release, is writer/director Rod Lurie’s (“The Contender,” “Resurrecting the Champ”) new film “Nothing But the Truth.”

The movie was inspired by today’s politically charged climate and it features Kate Beckinsale as Washington, DC political journalist Rachel Armstrong, who writes an explosive story about a government scandal in which she reveals the name of a covert CIA agent (Vera Farmiga). When a special government prosecutor (Matt Dillon) demands she divulge her source, she refuses and finds herself behind bars, struggling to defend the principles she has based her career upon.

While I had a minor problem with one aspect of the movie (I can’t say what it is as it’s a big spoiler), overall I really liked the film and think it says a lot about our 24/7 news cycle and the way important stories get lost after they’ve been used up. Also, the film doesn’t have black and white characters; everyone is portrayed as real and fallible…plus the performances all around are great. If you’re a fan of Rod Lurie, this is a film worth checking out.

Here’s the interviews. And if you’d like to watch some clips from “Nothing But the Truth”, click here.

Kate Beckinsale

  • Did she have a change in perception for journalists after doing this movie

  • We talk about the dilemma of never enough time

  • I ask how excited she was when she read the script for the first time as it’s a plum part

  • Did she have to fight for the part

  • Working with Alan Alda

  • She talks about all the projects she has coming up

  • Sundance talk

Rod Lurie

  • Since he used to be a journalist, is it weird for him to be on the other end of it

  • What was it like making the movie – I ask if he had a strong memory from making it. Rod explains where the idea came from and it all goes back to his ABC show Commander in Chief

  • We talk about the television industry right now

  • Rod talks about his Showtime TV show he’s working on

  • We talk about the importance of Kate getting Oscar buzz in helping to get this film seen

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