Screenwriter Eric Roth reminds the Los Angeles Times’ John Horn that he wrote the script for the upcoming CIA-themed movie "The Good Shepherd" well before the agency would be found to be running covert prisons and allegedly torturing terrorism suspects. The pic, which opens Dec. 22, dramatizes the early days of the CIA in the 1940s and 50s through the eyes of agent Edward Wilson, played by Matt Damon. He’s the fictional character but based on counterintelligence specialist James Angleton and others. "I wrote this 12 years ago," Roth says. "The movie is not supposed to reflect anything politically." Nevertheless, Horn writes that Roth and director Robert DeNiro added a scene not in the shooting script where CIA agents waterboard a suspect. Vice President Dick Cheney recently said its use in interrogations was a "no brainer," a comment that has been used against the White House on the campaign trail. Meanwhile, TNT is producing its own project about the CIA’s battles with the KGB during the 50s, this one called "The Company" and starring Chris O’Donnell and Michael Keaton.
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