Monday, June 17, 2024

First Look: Julia Roberts and Sean Penn are Martha Mitchell and John Mitchell in Watergate Drama, “Gaslit”


If you were around in 1973-74 the only comic relief in the unfolding Watergate drama was Martha Mitchell. The wife of extremely guilty Secretary of State John Mitchell could not stop herself from picking up the phone and calling the press. We didn’t know back then how this was all going to work out. Woodward and Bernstein get all the credit for bringing down Richard Nixon. But Martha Mitchell’s continuous squawking really helped enormously.

In this teaser from “Gaslit,” Julia Robert looks and sounds sensational as Martha. Sean Penn is John Mitchell, a reprehensible character. I’m looking forward to seeing this. A little surprised that two big movie stars wound up on the Starz Channel, but every dog has its day I suppose. Robbie Pickering, of “Mr. Robot” fame, created this series. It begins on April 24th.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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