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Despite its release in awards season, its subject matter and how it boasts a cast that includes Alfred Molina, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons and Hugh Jackman, The Front Runner is not receiving universal praise. J.K. Simmons, who plays Bill Dixon in the film, had the opportunity to speak to Collider about The Front Runner.
The Front Runner
J.K. Simmons said this on when he realised that he would have a career-long relationship with The Front Runner director Jason Reitman:
“It was his second film, Juno. He had joined my poker game, and we were at a poker game at a friend’s house, and he handed me the hard copy script for Juno.”
“He didn’t say, ‘I want you to play Mac MacGuff, or anything.’ He said, ‘You’ve gotta read this. It’s really good. I was never planning on directing other people’s scripts, but this is really good. Check it out.’ So, I read the script and fell in love with it, but I didn’t know if he wanted me to play one of the little cameo parts, or what.”
“I fell in love with the part of Mac MacGuff […] when he called and said he did want me to play that part, that was exciting. After that, he said, ‘But the producers want big names, so we have to convince them.’ He had to convince them of Ellen Page and I because they were also looking for big names to play Juno.”
“Jason took Ellen and myself into a soundstage and we did a full-on, old time camera test and played a few of the scenes from the movie, in order to convince the money people that Jason had in mind who he wanted for these parts, and that the movie was going to be the best possible movie, if you let the director make the movie, instead of insisting that they hire names that are going to sell tickets. It turned out pretty well, after all.”
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