- 刺激を与えるような（後出 inspire は刺激を与える）
- fall ... grace
- star ～
- former ～
- 元～（後出 late ～は故～）
- hail ～
- second coming
- 候補者（後出 presidential hopeful は大統領有力候補者）
- White House
- extramarital affair
- 不倫（後出 affair は事件）
- tear ～ to shreds
- 米マーベル・コミックのキャラクター、ウルヴァリンの実写映画（後出 "The Greatest Showman" も米映画）
- put one's all into ～
- step into someone's shoes
- speak on someone's behalf
A single news story can change a person's life forever. That was the case for U.S. politician Gary Hart, whose fall from political grace in 1987 is the subject of the new film "The Front Runner" starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Jason Reitman.
Hart, a former senator, had been hailed as the second coming of the late President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), and was tipped to be the Democratic candidate for the White House in the 1988 election. The film follows Jackman's Hart as one scandal -- allegations of an extramarital affair -- tears his political ambitions to shreds.
Jackman, whose long filmography includes the "Wolverine" series and 2017's "The Greatest Showman," revealed during a Jan. 21 news conference in Tokyo that Hart is the first still-living historical character he has ever played. The 50-year-old Australian actor put his all into preparing for the role, doing intensive research on the scandal and even interviewing Hart about what had happened.
"He was, and is, an idealist, and he inspires young people," and he had the potential to change the future, Jackman said of Hart ahead of the movie's Feb. 1 release in Japan. About playing Hart over the three most painful weeks of the presidential hopeful's life, Jackman noted it was a challenge to step into his shoes and essentially speak on Hart's behalf. It was "a great responsibility" to tell someone else's story, Jackman said.
The Hart affair proved to be a turning point in American politics and journalism, as reporters tied his qualities as a candidate to his private life. The film, said Jackman, is "a story that really made me ask a lot of questions about the political system, not just in America, but what's happening around the world." He says it does not give answers to those questions, but "this is a movie that openly asks you, from the visual style to the dialogue," to think about what unfolded over those three fateful weeks in 1987, and what it could mean for the present. (By Okutsu Manami)
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