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Watch: Jon Stewart Explains How He Chose His Directorial Debut on the Last ‘The Daily Show’ Before His Hiatus

Watch: Jon Stewart Explains How He Chose His Directorial Debut on the Last 'The Daily Show' Before His Hiatus

Jon Stewart bid goodbye to “The Daily Show” for the summer last night, as he readied himself to head off to the Middle East to make his directorial debut “Rosewater,” based on the 2011 memoir by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari. Gael García Bernal will be playing Bahari in the film, which Stewart wrote, and which tells the story of Bahari’s arrest and 118-day imprisonment when he left London to go to Tehran to cover the 2009 presidential election. (“Rosewater” is the nickname he gave to his brutal regular interrogator, based on the fragrance the man wore.)

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Before passing the reigns to John Oliver, who’ll be filling in as host for eight weeks, Stewart replayed a 2009 field piece in which correspondent Jason Jones went to Iran and happened to interview Bahari as part of the report. Below, Stewart explains what happened next, and how Bahari’s story inspired him to make his first film.

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I find it infuriating that they cast Gael García Bernal to play Bahari, especially when Jon Stewart would call out this sort of bullshit.

Luther Brixton

Sounds likes a great idea! Hopefully, the film will change people's brainwashed version of Iranians as being "evil" (the way our TV Government portrays them) and see the Iranians are identical to Americans except that their government isn't a threat to the world the way ours is.


What a joke. This guy's the least funny, least sincere guy on television, and now his bid to seriousness is to direct a film? It must be nice to be rich and privileged; you get to hire professional DPs and basically get everything done for you. Oh, but I'm sure the artiste has a really deep sense of mise-en-scene. George Clooney was one thing, but are we really going to tolerate this?

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