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The Script Lab Podcast: Charles Randolph — Writer of BOMBSHELL and Oscar-Winner for THE BIG SHORT

By Shanee Edwards · December 19, 2019

The new film Bombshell tells the sensational true story about Fox News CEO Roger Ailes (John Lithgow), and the female news anchors, Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) and Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron), who brought Ailes down. This is a story of power, hubris and a toxic culture where abuse was routinely ignored. It’s also a story of hope, that a woman can find her voice and courage and that both women and men can find a healthy balance in the workplace.

The film is directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles Randolph, whom you may remember won the Oscar for writing 2015’s The Big Short. We discuss Randolph’s time as the self-proclaimed “James Bond of bibles,” why he writes best when he’s afraid, and he shares tips for writing multiple protagonists. 

Bombshell opened in theaters on Dec. 20.

Listen to the podcast below.

Shanee Edwards graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in Screenwriting and is currently the film critic for She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her pilot, Ada and the Machine, is currently in development with America Ferrera’s Take Fountain Productions. You can follow her on Twitter: @ShaneeEdwards

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