Sara plays Donna Rice in the upcoming movie, “The Front Runner”. It releases in theaters on November 21st. 😀
“Donna Rice was a broken human being whose life had been stolen,” Reitman said. “You returned home to find out that you can’t walk outside. You can’t buy groceries. The world feels as though it deserves to know everything about you. People thought of Donna Rice as a blonde object on a boat, not a human being. She didn’t sign up for any of that.”
As Bai wrote, “Donna Rice was an attractive blonde only in the sense that the Sistine Chapel had some pretty good artwork.” She was, he said, “positively breathtaking.” Sara Paxton, who plays Rice, has the same angelic aura.
In a key scene, Paxton’s Rice begins to cry during a lengthy crisis-management session, as she tries to explain to a Hart adviser that the reason she worked so hard was so that people wouldn’t look at her like she was “some stupid bimbo,” just the way he was looking at her.
Noting that this was Paxton’s audition scene, Reitman recalled, “Her performance just annihilated me. You see all her aspirations being crushed. I cast her then and there.”
He showed the film first to Rice Hughes, who has not talked publicly about Hart in decades. “Donna thought Hugh [Jackman] was amazing, and she was moved by the decency with which Sara played her,” the director said.
The 30-year-old Paxton was born in 1988, just after Hart’s candidacy exploded. “The name had never crossed my ears,” she said. “In a lot of ways, Hart was a man who was ahead of his time, but he was also a man who was behind the time because he did not realize the political landscape was changing right beneath his feet.”
“On the one hand, the media have a moral obligation,” she mused, “but on the other hand, are they doing more harm than good?” She said she felt an enormous responsibility because she had never played a real person before, much less one “in the darkest moment of her life.”
“The job of Gary’s people was to protect Gary,” Paxton said. “There was no one there to protect Donna.”
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