Fans of Sarah Palin and former aides say 'Game Change' -- the controversial new movie about Palin's rise fo fame as the 2008 vice presidential nommee of Sen. John McCain -- isn't an accurate portrayal of the often-misunderstood candidate.
Palin supporters view the movie as another example of Hollywood's antipathy to Republicans. Palin's political action committee SarahPac released a statement saying that the movie is historical fiction and merely a series of scenes where the dialogue, locations and participants are invent or rendered unrecognizable for dramatic effect.
SarahPac even came out with its own trailer in opposition to the film entitled Game Change We Can Believe In. The trailer features clips from her 2008 convention speech and interviews with Arizona Senator John McCain's team claiming that she gave his campaign a boost.
Palin supporters may be right about Hollywood's perception of them.
The Hollywood Reporter tallied the federal political donations of the 'Game Change' movie executives and stars and found that they overwhelming contributed to democratic causes and candidates. No contributions were made to the Republican party.
Ed Harris (Sen. John McCain) gave $9,500 overall to democratic candidates and $11, 975 to special interest groups like MoveOn.org over a 13 year period.
Woody Harrelson (Steve Schmidt) gave $4,300 to democratic candidates and another $3,500 to the Hollywood Women's Political Committee.
Julianne Moore (Sarah Palin) gave $7,500 to groups like Democratic National Committee but only contributed $2,250 to democratic candidates.
Co-producers Jay Roach and Danny Strong each gave money to different democratic causes. Roach gave $15,800 to the party while Strong gave $2, 500 to the Obama Victory Fund, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Is the film fair to the Palin camp?
Mark Halperin, co-author with John Heilemann of the book the movie is based on and current Time magazine scribe, said the movie is factually accurate and a favorable and fair portrait of the candidate.
We've seen a few screenings with people and uniformly -- every screening we've attended -- people who came in, didn't like Sarah Palin, weren't fans of Sarah Palin, almost every one of them has said to us afterwards, 'you know what, I now understand what she went through more, I have more sympathy for her, I have more appreciation for what she accomplished,' said Halperin in an interview on Erin Burnett OutFront on CNN.
Game Change premieres on HBO on March 10 at 9 PM EST.