U rocks the vote

Party of the 'Year'

HOLLYWOOD — The political comedy that U topper Marc Shmuger called “the perfect antidote to election season” preemed Wednesday at Grauman’s Chinese.

“Man of the Year” had its after-party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where co-star Lewis Black called the film “Capra-esque with more of a bite.” Star Robin Williams said he enjoyed doing a political film where “you get laughs just from the candidates smiling and being false.”

Helmer Barry Levinson said the film was comparable to his 1997 “Wag the Dog,” but “when we did ‘Wag’ it was a less cynical time; it wasn’t as dark a period as we’re in now. You can’t be more cynical than the time you’re in. So this is more optimistic.”

Asked if the film was a satire, he said it was “a tweaking of all the elements.”

Morgan Creek topper James Robinson, standing next to Levinson as he spoke, chimed in: “Had I known that, I wouldn’t have made the damn movie.”

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