‘Trumbo’: Jay Roach on Taking the Story Seriously While Acknowledging Absurdities

     November 6, 2015


Director Jay Roach first hit it big with the Austin Powers movies, but then he put his focus on political material, snagging Emmy awards for Recount and Game Change. His new feature film, Trumbo, certainly isn’t a comedy like his 2012 release, The Campaign, but Roach does manage to strike a nice, unique blend of comedy and drama when bringing screenwriter Dalton Trumbo‘s story to screen. Bryan Cranston leads as Trumbo with the film covering what happened when he was blacklisted in Hollywood for his political beliefs.

Back in September, when Trumbo celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, I got the opportunity to sit down with Roach to discuss the challenges of making an accurate yet entertaining film, his experience working with Trumbo’s daughters on the project, the unforgettable dialogue in the movie and much more. You can catch it all in the video interview below.

Trumbo also stars Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Michael Stuhlbarg, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David James Elliott and Alan Tudyk. The movie hits select theaters on November 6th and then expands nationwide on Thanksgiving.


Here’s the official synopsis for Trumbo:

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.   TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.


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