Magazine article Screen International

Trump Election Influenced 'Homeland' Storyline

Magazine article Screen International

Trump Election Influenced 'Homeland' Storyline

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The election of Donald Trump and the arrival of fake news in the national dialogue changed the course of Homeland.

"I will say that the election of Donald Trump made us all sit up in our chairs in the story room," showrunner and executive producer Alex Gansa (pictured second from left) told an audience during a panel session at NeueHouse in West Hollywood on Monday night.

"Around episode five or six [of Season Six] when the election happened, we realised that we were going to have to adjust and change the narrative a little bit."

Gansa was speaking on Homeland's FYC panel, the Television Academy's first of the awards season where he was joined by fellow executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter and cast members Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and Elizabeth Marvel.

"The first thing we wanted to address was this idea that there was something going on, that our election was influenced by another force and by fake news, which struck us as a very right topic to construct a story around," Gansa said.

The showrunner explained how the character of Brett O'Keefe, played by Jake Weber and based on right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, rose in stature after the election and sparked a peculiar run-in with the radio host.

"The minute [O'Keefe] was revealed, the real Alex Jones went on a tirade, accusing Homeland of stealing his identity and challenged Jake Weber to a fist fight," Gansa said. "What he doesn't know is Jake Weber has been a boxer for 30 years. …

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