Director Doug Liman Hopes Fair Game Gets People ‘To Serve Their Country’

November 5th, 2010

Wall Street Journal

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By Alexandra Cheney

One can argue that there are a fair number of people who spend their lives trying to crack the CIA. Director Doug Liman, on the other hand, simply asks for access — and gets it.

The acclaimed director of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “The Bourne Identity,” and “Swingers” was outfitted in a black and burgundy pinstripe suit and turtleneck Thursday, promoting his second independent film, “Fair Game,” which tells the lives of Valerie Plame Wilson, a covert operative in the CIA and her husband, Joe Wilson.

“Every step along the way we were given impressive access,” Liman said, “access that allowed us to bleed over details to “Covert Affairs,”” the television show that Liman produces.

Although the director was excited to speak about the film, he was in New York to receive the Director of the Year award from the Motion Picture Club, which raises funds for film industry related charities.

“I hope this film encourages people to serve their country,” Liman said. “Long before they were ousted, the Wilsons were civil servants, public government servants.”

One of the first stops on his tour to promote the film, Liman arrived at the Marroitt Marquis Hotel in Times Square with an entourage including his cousin John Hamburg and one of the writers John-Henry Butterworth, both of whom were eager to speak about the film which comes out Nov. 5.