Ken Regan
EW Staff
October 29, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Fair Game

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
11/05/10
performer
Sean Penn, Naomi Watts
director
Doug Liman

We gave it a B+

STARRING Naomi Watts, Sean Penn
WRITTEN BY Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
DIRECTED BY Doug Liman

Doug Liman has made films about spies before — The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith — but this tale is true: Covert CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) really was exposed by the Bush White House after her husband (Sean Penn) wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed alleging the administration altered intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. ”Sometimes real stuff is a lot more outrageous than anything you could make up,” says Liman. Even Watts’ meeting with the real Plame bore the mark of spycraft. ”She lives in Santa Fe, I live in New York,” Watts says, ”so she suggested that we meet in the Chicago airport. I thought, ‘All right, I am speaking to a spy.”’

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