Kate Beckinsale Just Says ‘No’ To Sarah Palin Role


Sep. 23 2008, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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Kate Beckinsale shoots down speculation that she’s gunning for the role of Sarah Palin during the Nothing But The Truth premiere held at Roy Thomson Hall during the Toronto International Film Festival.

During the afternoon’s Film Festival press conference, Nothing director Rod Lurie says he’s going to write the Sarah Palin story for Kate. Playing along, Kate laughs that her pregnant costar Vera Farmiga can play Bristol Palin.

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But tonight the saucy Brit, 35, has changed her tune about wanting to try her hand at the U.S. Republican vice presidential candidate. “Not especially,” Kate tells me when asked if she’d like the role. “I’m not aware of anything going on about her right now. It’s not my dream. I’d rather do some '30s or '40s comedies.”

Director Rod is holding out hope, though.

“It was a joke, but I texted with Kate and she said she’d like to do it. She’s going to start killing caribou to get ready. Kate actually would do a good job. I don’t think there’s anyone that Kate couldn’t play. She couldn’t play Rosa Parks, but that’s about it. She’s a very fine actress.”

Kate Beckinsale

Back to Nothing But The Truth, in which Kate plays a reporter who is asked to reveal the identity of her CIA source, played by Vera. (Yes, this is a veiled version of the famed Valerie Plame case.) How difficult was it for Vera to keep her burgeoning baby bump a secret in the beginning?

“It was agony because my husband Renn Hawkey and I wanted it more than anything in the world – something tangible of our love. There’s a protocol that you have to wait for a little bit before you expose that secret, but it was on my face.”

Here’s Alan Alda, who says Brad Pitt would be almost perfect to play his role if a M*A*S*H movie happens. “Brad could play me if he were more handsome,” he tells me. “He’s a hunk! He’s also a good actor.”


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