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07.11.2012

ACTOR JASON BIGGS DISCUSSES HIS UPCOMING POLITICAL FILM ON “CBS THIS MORNING”

BIGGS TELLS CO-HOSTS GAYLE KING, ERICA HILL AND CBS NEWS NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT LEE COWAN, “EVEN THOUGH IT’S ABOUT A VERY SPECIFIC CAMPAIGN IN 2001, A SMALLER CITY COUNCIL ELECTION, I THINK IT SPEAKS TO THE STATE OF POLITICS IN GENERAL, AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT”

Actor Jason Biggs discussed his upcoming political film, “Grassroots,” with co-hosts Gayle King, Erica Hill and CBS News National Correspondent Lee Cowan, live today, July 11, 2012, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).

Below is an excerpt from the interview:

HILL: You have this great movie out now, which is, it's very timely. It's about local Seattle politics, but as we know, all politics are local. And do you, do you see – you play a campaign manager and you're sort of reluctant at first for a friend in the movie. Do you see any parallels, though, between this race in Seattle 10 years ago and today?

BIGGS: All politics are local. There's something about grassroots politics and people, I think, get really caught up in sort of the national level politics and of course we currently are. But, you realize that the decisions that really affect people on a day-to-day basis for the most part happen on a very local level. The character that I play and the character that I'm campaigning for, his ideas are a little out there, they're a little extreme. But ultimately, he's nothing if not passionate. He has a voice and he wants to use it. I think it's a timely little film and even though it's about a very specific campaign from 2001, a smaller city council election, I think it speaks to the state of politics in general, and what can be done about it.

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Chris Licht is Vice President of Programming, CBS News, and Executive Producer of CBS THIS MORNING.

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