The title of writer-director James Vanderbilt’s new journalism drama is simple as it gets: Truth. But the pursuit of that very thing can be exceedingly complex, as is underscored by the chronicle of Dan Rather’s incendiary but flawed 60 Minutes II report that questioned President George W. Bush’s military service in September 2004.
Elisabeth Moss, who portrays a member of the team led by Rather (Robert Redford) and producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett), spoke to EW at the Toronto International Film Festival about how making Truth made her appreciate the value of investigative reporting.
“I did learn so much, not only about this story, but about how a story comes together and how the research is done,” Moss said. “How many facts you need in order for it to be able to go on the air, that kind of thing. It has given me a greater respect for investigative journalism. I think it’s a nice reminder to people of how important that job is, and that there is a certain sense of responsibility that comes with that.”
To hear more from Moss, including her thoughts on what Rather has meant to the American public, watch the video above. Truth opens Friday in limited release.