George co-writes, co-stars and directs his new film, Good Night, and Good Luck, which was inspired by famed newsman Edward R. Murrow.
Murrow's career as a CBS reporter spanned more than 25 years, and actor David Strathairn's spot-on portrayal of Murrow is already getting Oscar® buzz. George plays Murrow's trusted producer, Fred Friendly.
The film focuses on Murrow's strong stance against Senator Joe McCarthy's communist witch hunt in the 1950s. Roger Ebert says George's film is a job well done and gives it a big thumbs up. Newsweek magazine has called Good Night, and Good Luck one of the smartest and best films of the year.
George says he thought it was time to highlight some of the great moments in broadcast journalism and the true power of television.
"I'm not preaching to anybody," he says. "I'm not a journalist. … I thought it was important to talk about the idea of asking tough questions."