When Kim Barker‘s memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan hit stores back in 2011, the New York Times published a review that likened Barker to a “sort of Tiny Fey character.” That caught Fey’s eye, she cracked open the book and was instantly hooked. Now, five years later we’ve got Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a big screen adaptation of Barker’s story starring Fey as Kim Baker, a reporter who agrees to seriously shake up her monotonous life by accepting an assignment in a war zone.
Paramount recently held a press day in New York City for the film’s upcoming release and they didn’t just include the cast of the film. Barker was involved as well and I got the opportunity to sit down with her to talk about the things she missed most while in Afghanistan, what advice she’d give someone who wants to become a war reporter and much more. You can catch all of that in the video interview below and, in case you missed it, click here to watch Fey, Margot Robbie, Christopher Abbott and Stephen Peacocke play a round of “Would You Rather.” Whiskey Tango Foxtrot hits theaters on May 4th and also stars Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton.
Here’s the official synopsis for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:
When reporter Kim Baker’s (Tina Fey) life needs something more, she decides to ‘shake it all up’ by taking an assignment in a war zone. There, in the midst of chaos, she finds the strength she never knew she had. Sometimes it takes saying ‘WTF’ to find the life you were always destined to have. Also starring Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina and Billy Bob Thornton, the film is directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) from a screenplay by Robert Carlock (“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock”).