Paramount comedy's director and star are candid about morning TV

You can’t turn down the ‘Today’ show, it’s the greatest job in TV!” Or so says Patrick Wilson’s character in Paramount’s latest adult comedy “Morning Glory.”

That assessment might rankle Chris Matthews, who makes a cameo in the movie and was one of several evening TV personalities in attendance for Sunday’s Gotham premiere at the Ziegfeld.

Yet, in spite of the pic’s small-town-girl-makes-it-big-in-morning-TV ethos, the film’s cast and helmer were less than kind to the industry they were depicting. “I had no knowledge of morning TV,” director Roger Michell said. “In fact, I was faintly contemptuous of it.”

His leads didn’t seem to be regular viewers either. Rachel McAdams declared herself a radio girl, while co-star Harrison Ford looked to avoid the subject altogether.

McAdams, however, did have some respect for the morning broadcasters. “I learned you have to be really organized,” she said, “have to like the mornings and drink a lot of coffee.” All of which seemed like an immediate turnoff. When asked if any of those traits described her, McAdams responded quickly and candidly: “None of it.”

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