RB: This movie highlights a lot of the absurd moments of morning news shows. Why do you think people are so taken with them?

HF: I think that when you're watching them it's early, you're making your breakfast and you're only half paying attention. It's meant to be comfortable and not confrontational. And entertaining. Sometimes it gets beyond that and is interesting, but the tension for a guy like Mike is that it is part of the news division, and he doesn't think it's real news. And he's right. It's sort of a feature story.

RB: You've been in the film business for quite a number of years. In fact, you're the third-highest-grossing actor in film history. What do you think has allowed you to endure in a business that can be so fickle?

HF: I'm very lucky in that during the time I came up, in the '80s or early '90s, the movie business was probably in its heyday. More people were going to the movies than ever before. So I was very lucky that people were making a lot of movies and I was at the right age to play leading characters. So, I think that's the first thing I would say. And maybe the last. I've been lucky.


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