Tina elaborates on her character and casting British actors for Afghani roles and justify her casting decisions.
Tina Fey’s movie Tango Whisky Foxtrot releases in the US today but there has already been some backlash about the casting decisions about the movie.
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Tina confessed in an interview with New York Times that she knew the backlash would come because she was a producer on the movie and she already told her time that any casting decision backlash would come on her but she has taken it graciously.
Whisky Tango Foxtrot features Christopher Abbott as her local Afghan guide and Alfred Molina as an Afghan lord who tries to get chummy with Tina’s role Kim Baker.
According to Tina, both the actors researched and played their roles so well that there was rarely any need left for objection.
Christopher is of Spanish and Portuguese decent so he was able to pull it off and Alfred Molina has years of experience under his belt. She also talked about her character’s love interest in the movie being Martin Freeman and she said that she had a thing for ‘short dudes’.
Tina then elaborated that she wanted to produce the movie after she had read the memoir ‘The Taliban Shuffle’ by the journalist Kim Barker, who had gone to a tenure in Afghanistan for three months to get away from her life.
When she got there, she enjoyed the adrenaline-pumped life so much that she stayed on for three years in the area. Tina said that she genuinely enjoyed Kim’s story and felt like it was a character that she could play and execute well.
She said this is her second movie to produce after Sisters and she loved that there was such a female presence in the movie that was strong yet funny at the same time just like the original Kim Barker who had travelled with Marines by day and partied hard with other journalists at night.
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The film was shot in Mexico and features Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thronton, Christopher Abbott and Alfred Molina. Tina has dedicated the movie to her father Don Fey who was a veteran from North Korea and she said that he would have enjoyed the movie.