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LAist Interview: Rod Lurie

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To conservatives in the media, Rod Lurie may be the ultimate bête noire of Hollywood filmmakers (he would compete with Oliver Stone and Aaron Sorkin). His two highest-profile projects, The Contender and Commander-in-Chief, fully reflected his Democratic politics and were both harshly labeled by Republican commentators as little more than sops to the (then) presumptive presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

How strange then that Lurie's new film, Resurrecting the Champ, is a morality play about the relationships between fathers and sons, the terrible cost of deceit and and the absolute necessity of personal integrity. I'm curious to see what liberal hobgoblins the Michael Medveds of the world will manage to find hiding in this deeply traditional work. I had a chance to speak to Lurie about that and other things earlier this week.

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LAist: Hello?

Rod Lurie: Hello? Josh, it's Rod Lurie. How are you, man?

LAist: I'm good. How are you doing?

Rod Lurie: Very well. Thank you.

LAist: Excellent. So this is the week?

Rod Lurie: Yeah. (laughs) Tell me about it.