Harris plays Senator John McCain in this in this drama written for the screen by Danny Strong and directed by Jay Roach. McCain is the GOP candidate for President of the United States in the 2008 election and agrees to Sarah Palin as his running mate. The film follows the campaign up until their defeat. Co-starring Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, and Sarah Paulson.
My respect and my understanding of Senator McCain, certainly deepened. I spent a lot of time reading some of the books that he had written with Salter, particularly Faith of My Fathers, which is an autobiographical account of his time growing up, his father/grandfather being admirals in the Navy and him knowing that he was going to be going to Annapolis. He’s a complex guy with a great sense of honor and duty. I think that, by his own admission, his ambition and his ego were in constant conflict with this sense of honor, duty and patriotism. It was an interesting thing to play with in portraying him.