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Hardball transcript, junket TV interviews
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From: jeff_in_utah Date: December 23rd, 2006 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I saw Matt's and Robert DeNiro's appearance on Hardball the other day, and I have to say I found myself wincing much of the way through it as I thought, "Man, is Good Shepherd really in that much trouble that they felt they had to agree to appear for the entire hour on this crappy basic cable show on second-tier (at best) news channel MSNBC? They must be really desperate...how sad, and kind of embarrassing."

Of course, Matt didn't say or do anything to embarrass himself during the appearance, but I just felt really uncomfortable for him that he had to promote the movie that way.

Personally, I thought he came off as very authentic on the show when he was sharing some of his political views -- his contempt for the Bush administration was raw and undeniable, and the fact that his feelings were unfiltered was, to me, refreshing. But after giving a very negative impression as far as his feelings for Bush & Co., his statements of appreciation for Bush's AIDS program in Africa were just as heartfelt, and pointedly positive, so I don't think he did any harm to himself at the box office by revealing his left-leaning political colors in this appearance. The overall impression I think he gave, in terms of his political views, was one of passion for world affairs coupled with a genuine sense of fair-mindedness.

Still, I really wish they hadn't felt like they had to stoop as low as doing an hour on basic cable to promote the movie. I hope the film is better than this promotional choice portends!

- Jeff in Salt Lake City
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