Now playing in theaters is David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis. If you’re not familiar with the movie, produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov and scripted by Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare at Goats), the film stars Sandra Bullock as a notorious political strategist who is pulled out of retirement to aid a Bolivian candidate who’s failing badly at the polls—and to beat her nemesis Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton), who’s now coaching the opposition. Anthony Mackie, Zoe Kazan, Scoot McNairy, Joaquim de Almeida and Ann Dowd also star. For more on the film watch the trailer or read Matt’s review.
At the Our Brand Is Crisis press day I asked cast members Anthony Mackie, Zoe Kazan, Scoot McNairy and director David Gordon Green to talk about their memorable moments from filming. Check out what they had to say below. You can also watch them play “Save or Kill” here.
Here’s the official synopsis for Our Brand Is Crisis:
A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), now coaching the opposition.
But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability – both on and off the campaign trail – Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. Dramatic, rapid-fire and laced with satire, “Our Brand is Crisis” reveals the cynical machinations and private battles of world-class political consultants for whom nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters.