'The Front Runner': Steve Zissis calls Hugh Jackman starrer a 'period piece' reminiscent of 'The Candidate'

Steve Zissis, who for the first time in his career had the opportunity to play a real-life character, told Meaww how wonderful an experience being a part of 'The Front Runner' was

'The Front Runner': Steve Zissis calls Hugh Jackman starrer a 'period piece' reminiscent of 'The Candidate'

'The Front Runner', starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J. K. Simmons and a whole host of Hollywood bigwigs, is set for country-wide release Wednesday, November 21. Narrating the presidential dreams of Gary Hart and the untimely death of them, is the subject of this movie, which also stars Steve Zissis as Miami Herald journalist Tom Fiedler, who in the 1980s more or less took down Hart’s entire campaign.  

Zissis, who for the first time in his career got the opportunity to play a real-life character spoke to Meaww about how wonderful an experience being a part of the project was. “It was such a wonderful experience because of Jason Reitman, who is such a brilliant director, first of all. I am such a fan of so many of his movies and many people are saying that this is probably his best film.”

Zissis worked with Reitman in one of (Jay and Mark) Duplass brothers’ - frequent collaborators of the actor- movies called 'Jeff Who Lives at Home’. “I had known Jason for a while, but I did audition for the role, but interestingly, that was not the role that I auditioned for. I auditioned for one of the supervisors for Gary Hart's campaign at first, but later on they ended up giving me the Tom Fiedler role and I was actually excited about that because it was a layered and complex interesting role to pay,”    

More importantly the movie, which is based on the 2014 book 'All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid' by Matt Bai, was shot in a Robert Altman-esque style and that attracted Zissis’ attention. “We shot it as a period piece from the late 1980s... in the style of Robert Altman,” he said, adding it found loose inspiration in the iconic 1972 Michael Ritchie film ‘The Candidate’ too.

He compares the shooting style to the movie, “where you have the cameras always moving in and out of conversations and people are overlapping and as an audience member you have to lean in to get the information."

“You have to pay attention and everything is very busy. It's a very busy world, it's moving very quickly,” he said adding, having Jackman in the center of this film further made it all the more extraordinary. It is being touted as one of the Australian star’s top performances.  

Don’t forget to catch ‘The Front Runner’ in theaters near you starting November 21.