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Rounding Out The Cast
To keep the story grounded in the real world, the film is peppered with high-profile cameos, including NASCAR racing legend Richard Petty, the great American singer/songwriter Willie Nelson, and television personality Mary Hart ("Entertainment Tonight”).

Driving the political angle home is a host of political pundits who joined forces with the filmmakers without hesitation. "Josh and I had a great time casting the political hosts and pundits,” says Executive Producer Jonas. "Every time we sent the script to one of these folks, they fell in love with it. The most common reaction was that it was very Capra-esque, sort of a reverse ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,' which is delightful to hear.”

"It was a political junkie's dream,” adds Stern, who was impressed that these non-actors pulled off their roles in the film. "Punditry is off the cuff,” he says. "They were just on.”

Tapped for the film were:

• Aaron Brown — anchor of the PBS series "Wide Angle,” a public affairs series with a global focus • Campbell Brown — anchor of "CNN Election Center,” the network's daily examination of news from the campaign trail • Tucker Carlson — MSNBC's senior campaign consultant • James Carville — political commentator formerly on "Crossfire” • Matt Frei — BBC's Washington, D.C., correspondent and presenter of "BBC World News America” • Arianna Huffington — co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, author of 11 books and co-host of "Left, Right & Center,” public radio's popular political roundtable program • Larry King — Emmy Award®-winning host of CNN's "Larry King Live,” who celebrated his 50th year in broadcasting in 2007 • Anne Kornblut — staff writer for The Washington Post • Bill Maher — HBO's Emmy®-nominated host of "Real Time with Bill Maher,” author of The New York Times best-selling book, "New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer” • Chris Matthews — host of MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews” and "The Chris Matthews Show,” a syndicated weekly news program • Lawrence O'Donnell — MSNBC political analyst who appeared on "The McLaughlin Group” and "The Al Franken Show”

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