Tina Fey plays a war correspondent in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and the actress dedicated the new film to her late father, Donald Fey.
“My dad served. He served in Korea and he also was a journalist at the beginning of his career. After he came back from Korea, he went to the Temple University School of [Media and Communication] and he was a writer for Business Week,” Tina told Jimmy Fallon on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show. Her father died last fall at age 82.
“I think he would have liked this movie,” she told Fallon, before joking she was “kind of relieved” her father didn’t have to see her have sex onscreen with costar Martin Freeman. “But other than that I think he would have liked this movie. So we dedicated the movie to him,” she said.
Donald died on Oct. 18, and Tina paid tribute to him in an interview with Philly.com later that month. “He was a great dad and a talented artist and writer, but I also think of him as a Great American — he served his country in Korea, he served his city as a fireman, he took his kids regularly to art museums and historical sites,” she said.
Tina told Fallon her family set up a scholarship in Donald’s name at Temple University for returning vets who want to study journalism.
Watch her discuss the new film and her father below.