Fey and Richmond, her husband, have been working on the project for years already. “I’ve always loved that”. She also finds friendship with some of the other journalists, including Tanya (Margot Robbie) and the Lothario photographer Iain (Martin Freeman). Although just as self-involved and formulaic, directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra succeed in making something that is infinitely more watchable, if ultimately a bit too fickle and small-minded in a way that feels counterintuitive.
WTF is comedy diva Tina Fey doing in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a film based on Kim Barker’s memoir about covering the war beat as The Chicago Tribune’s South Asia bureau chief from 2004 to 2009?
She also fights to define her own identity, and the movie smartly balances its wider concerns with Kim’s personal journey, which never comes across as phony or self-important.
Upper Darby’s Tina Fey owes her role in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” to a New York Times book reviewer. Tina said that she genuinely enjoyed Kim’s story and felt like it was a character that she could play and execute well. Indeed, consider that her cameo in The Big Short is often the only thing many people remember about that movie, and it’s obvious she has a tangible onscreen presence.
Fey is best known for her work on Saturday Night Life.
“I’m so glad I live here [in New York City], because halfway through [the Oscars], I was like, ‘This is some real Hollywood bullshit, ‘” Fey said in an interview with The Howard Stern Show.
The 30 Rock star said she didn’t bring up Justin Bieber though.
Meanwhile, Tina, who was finishing up her work on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot when her father Donald died last October, has dedicated the movie to her dad, who served in the military.
In the end, people get hurt in multiple senses of the term, as they tend to do, but as one young but war-weathered marine puts it: “You embrace the suck; you move the f*ck forward”. Only Baker’s friendship with her dedicated fixer, Fahim (Christopher Abbott), strikes a note of genuine emotion. She knows next to nothing about the country and its people, and undergoes immediate culture shock. Another moment would be Baker being told that she may be a 4 in NY, but in Kabul she’s a 9. She also observes, and takes part in, the dancing-past-the-graveyard debauchery of the Western press corps – fueled by alcohol, drugs and random shagging. I got so caught up in those, I’d forget that – Wait! No!