Movie About Whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand Ruffles Some Feathers
A film about Brown & Williamson whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand, "The Insider," is set to be released this fall.
Debi Mazar, Al Pacino, Philip Baker Hall and Christopher Plummer (as Mike Wallace) in the film "The Insider."The movie tells the story about Wigand's decision to go public with internal tobacco industry documents and CBS's decision not to broadcast the report. Some of the people portrayed in the movie are upset over the way they come across on the big screen. CBS reporter Mike Wallace is especially unhappy with certain scenes in the movie, and has requested that the director, Michael Mann, make changes. "If this [movie] is entertainment, why does he use my name and have words come out of my mouth that I never would have said?" Wallace asked. "This is important to me, or I wouldn't go on like this." Mann defended his changes: "In the realm of drama, you change everything. You change everything to have it mean exactly the same thing it meant before. You do all the typical things. You collapse time, you combine characters, you overlay dramatic events. Nobody ever said in 'All The President's Men,' 'Follow the money.' The only guy who said that is Bill Goldman, the screenwriter."