“Scandal”, broadcast this evening on France 2, is inspired by the case Roger Ailes, former CEO of the Fox News channel, ousted for sexual harassment. In addition to retracing the affair, the film also remains rather faithful to the looks of real people.
In Scandal, Margot Robbie plays the role of Kayla Pospisil, one of the three main characters of the film, but also one of the only ones who never really existed. For this fictional heroine, screenwriter Charles Randolph was inspired by twenty testimonies from victims linked to the Roger Ailes affair, which erupted in 2016.
The journalist and producer played by Kate McKinnon was also invented for the sake of the plot. The other protagonists of the feature film are, for their part, very real and very similar to the real people who saw and experienced this scandal up close.
Charlize Theron (left) and Megyn Kelly (right)
The South African star plays the controversial star journalist, whose fate is the common thread of this film. For the illusion to be perfect, Charlize Theron had to have her makeup done for three hours. In an interview conducted by the Huffington Post, the artist Kazu hiro explained that the pre-production phase had lasted six weeks and that four tests had been carried out before the start of filming. For this role, the actress is nominated for the Oscar for best actress.
John Lithgow (left) and Roger Ailes (right)
It is John Lithgow who lends his features to the former CEO of Fox News. The actor revealed to the media Indiewire that it was not that difficult to play Roger Ailes. “I was right into the character once I put all my costume on (…) We spent hours and hours finding his right build. If you look closely, halfway through the shoot we decided that my character must have had more breasts. In some scenes, he has “breasts“And in others it doesn’t.”
Nicole Kidman (left) and Gretchen Carlson (right)
The Oscar-winning actress remains easily recognizable throughout the film. She plays the role of Gretchen Carlson, one of the first women journalists to make her voice heard against Roger Ailes.
Richard Kind (left) and Rudy Giuliani (right)
Richard Kind plays the role of Rudy Giuliani, known to be an important support in the entourage of Donald Trump. In 2016, he was hired by Roger Ailes to defend him during the Fox News affair.
Mark Duplass (left) and Doug Brunt (right)
It’s Mark Duplass who plays Doug Brunt, Megyn Kelly’s husband. Asked about the actor’s performance, the main interested party admitted that the film had remained ‘faithful to [sa] personality”.
Malcolm McDowell (left) and Rupert Murdoch (right)
The hero of Mechanical Orange plays the role of Rupert Murdoch, shareholder of Fox News, who will end up sealing the fate of Roger Ailes at the end of the scandal.
Allison Janney (left) and Susan Estrich (right)
The actress, Oscar winner for her role in Me, Tonya in 2018, is recognizable as the lawyer Susan Estrich, who also defended Roger Ailes alongside Rudy Giuliani.
Nazanin Boniadi (left) and Rudi Bakhtiar (right)
Little present on the screen, the actress Nazanin Boniadi appears however in one of the most striking scenes of the film. She plays the presenter Rudi Bakhtiar, victim of unfair dismissal after having reported the inappropriate behavior of one of her collaborators.