Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Getting Hooked on War; Journalist Experiences Conflict and Turns in to an Adrenaline Junkie

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Getting Hooked on War; Journalist Experiences Conflict and Turns in to an Adrenaline Junkie

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Stars: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Stephen Peacocke, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

Rating: TBA

Reviewer's last word: This timely criticism of TV news is predictable at times but the wartime story is saved by Tina Fey and Martin Freeman's performances.

Star profile: Margot Robbie

Quirky fact: She turned down the role of Sam in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which eventually went to Emma Stone.

Best known for: The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad, Neighbours.

If you like this movie you'll like these: Rock the Kasbah, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Truth.

Quote: "I was always very dramatic - my family would probably use the word 'dramatic' - as a child; always putting on performances, making everyone come watch, and pay to watch."

WHEN Kim Baker, a writer/producer for US cable news, found herself in the midst of war in Afghanistan, she was a white American woman in a serious relationship and was on track to getting married and having a baby.

Baker had never been abroad, much less in a war zone reporting "hot" news. She was naive and fresh, hoping that those three months on assignment would give a boost to her career back at home - one can only hope.

Baker had no idea that she was one of those journalists who could become a thrill "junkie", easily adapting to life in a harsh environment, not worrying about discomfort, and caring only about something interesting to happen and reporting on it.

Her journey has been captured by directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid Love, Focus, I love you, Philipp Morris) in their latest movie Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which is based on Baker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle.

Tina Fey decided to play the leading role, and it is one of the most ambitious parts she has tackled to the date.

"It wasn't as if Tina wanted to try something different, a dramatic turn in her career or something like that," Ficarra says.

"There was still Tina with her comedic voice, but she added elements of drama."

One of the most important tasks was casting the right ensemble of people. …

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