The new biopic "Hyde Park On Hudson," which screened at the 50th New York Film Festival, features an inspired piece of casting, as Bill Murray plays President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. NY1's George Whipple filed the following report.
A New Yorker of enduring fame made it to the big screen at the 50th annual New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. "Hyde Park On Hudson" deals with the love of affair of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States.
Actor Bill Murray tackles the role of FDR.
"It's a little different when you do a part like this, where you have to live up to some iconic creature, someone that already exists," Murray says. "You have a lot of responsibility, so you really have to chock yourself full of information, you have to have a lot of information, and at a certain point, you just feel like you can speak as that person, you don't even need the script."
The movie is seen through the eyes of Roosevelt's cousin Daisy, who was his lover. She was portrayed by Laura Linney.
"I loved her just inherent non-need for attention. In a day where everybody today needs attention, acknowledgement, a moment, a tweet, a this, a that, that there was a woman who was just happy being who she was, where she was, and needed no acknowledgement for that," says Linney. "That's a very rare creature, I don't know many people like that."
Olivia Williams admired her character, Roosevelt's long-suffering wife Eleanor.
"She made a life for herself, even in what would be considered nowadays intolerable circumstances. She stuck with it, she had her friends, her very special friends, and with enormous dignity changed the world," says Williams.
For the stars, the New York Film Festival was a bit of a homecoming.
"I love it here, this is my hometown. We're in the building where I went to school, I went to Juilliard right next door," says Linney.
FDR served as the governor of New York before he became president, and his home at Hyde Park still exists and is open to the public. A mere 70 miles north of New York City, it's worth a visit.