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“Recount” to Re-tell 2000 Election Saga

November 5th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Just over a year remains in George W. Bush’s administration, but how he
won the Presidency is being debated again this week on the streets of
Tallahassee by some pretty big names. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, Laura
Dern and Kevin Spacey are staring in a made for cable movie recounting
the 2000 election.

 Hear it here: “Recount”

The Movie “Recount” stars Kevin Spacey as the former chief of staff to vice president Al Gore. Laura Dern is cast as Florida’s wayward Secretary of State. Someone not depicted in the movie is Mac Stipanovich…he advised the inexperienced Harris hour by hour. “My goal was not to be fair, it was to follow the law,” Stipanovich said.

The crew is literally blocking streets, sidewalks, and even sparking an early display of Christmas decorations to set the stage. For Tallahassee resident Tara Whitney, it was the thrill of a life time.

“I think it’s absolutely amazing. I mean this is Tallahassee and people like this never, ever come here,” Whitney said. “So I feel like a kid in a candy store right now.”

Much of the this film crew is Florida based, thanks in part to a tax break approved by state lawmakers.

There are some obvious differences for those of us who were here seven years ago. The crowds are smaller, the media gaggles are smaller and this filming won’t last near as long as the recount.

For Famed Bush Lawyer Barry Richard, much of the movie making was taking place right below his downtown office. But for all his extraordinary winning efforts, all he gets is one throw away line delivered by an extra.

“Nothing could really replicate the reality of it,” Richard said. “It was such an extraordinary event.”

The movie is set for release next spring.

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