Although director-producer Doug Liman began his career with indie fare like 'Swingers' and 'Go,' it could be said that spy movies are his true love. He's most famous for kick-starting 'The Bourne' series with Matt Damon, as well as directing the movie that introduced Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith.'
His latest foray into espionage,'Fair Game,' is based on the Valerie Plame scandal. Plame was a CIA agent whose career ended when her identity was leaked to journalist Robert Novak by a government official. (Richard Armitage later admitted he was the source of the leak.) 'Fair Game' is about this betrayal and how this revelation ended Plame's career in the CIA and changed her life irrevocably; it's also about the ripple effects it had on her marriage with outspoken former Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
Cinematical was able to sit down with Liman to discuss the difficulties of researching a project where so much of the information remains classified, the responsibilities of staying true to the Plame story, and filming in Iraq. 'Fair Game' stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn and opens Nov. 5.