An absurdist view of war in 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot'
Reaction to that Tina Fey reference was swift, Barker says.
Directing duties were shared by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, whose credits include the "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and the Will Smith film, "Focus". "I explain that it's more cinematic to have a TV reporter, and they're all like, 'Spotlight!"
Days after the journalism procedural "Spotlight" won best picture at the Academy Awards, Paramount is releasing "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot", a comic drama about war reporting with Tina Fey as a rookie correspondent finding her way. Between dealing with the military and local warlords, learning how to deal with a place far from her comfy lifestyle back home, and striking up a romantic relationship with Scottish journalist, Iain MacKelpie (Freeman), Baker learns how to be a successful war reporter, despite her many setbacks. There, amidst a mind-boggling array of adventurers, militants, warlords and madcap chaos, Kim finds something unexpected: the strength she never knew she had.
"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" stays smart on politics - one character's cynical appraisal finds Brezhnev's Soviet Union and the British Empire equally at fault for the mess in Afghanistan - while remaining largely apolitical.
Kim Baker (the "r" is dropped for her character name) is bored riding the same treadmill each day after a boring work day in a cubicle in New York City. And I really like her sense of humor.
"First of all, I was impressed with how bold she is and what a great talker and overall conversationist she is". Fey first heard about Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle because it mentions that she saw herself as a Tina Fey type. In the film, Fey stars as journalist Kim Baker, a woman who worked in Afghanistan as a war correspondent.
I don't expect the "Deadpool" audience to get this, but: Movies used to be about something besides fantasy and other movies. Here's an assessment of her big-screen career to date, with the requisite "at least it's better than -" (ALIBT) thrown in to make us feel better about each.
Kim Barker is having a surreal experience this month: She's watching Tina Fey play her in a movie. "It's a very human story about people who get addicted to this adrenaline lifestyle".
"In general, I don't know why I didn't just try to do Mean Girls 2".
Fey, who also produced the film, admits the role is a little more serious than what people are used to seeing from her.
"I think the trailer makes it look like it's - haha, like laugh-out-loud amusing all the time, and certainly there are very amusing parts to it. But there's also just this seriousness to it and a bit of a darkness and grimness to it, which I was really happy about because it is war", says Barker.