Why Tina Fey Plays a 'Tina Fey Character' in 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot'

Tina Fey and Margot Robbie
Tina Fey and Margot Robbie

In “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” any similarities between Tina Fey and the war correspondent she plays on screen are purely intentional.

“The review for the original book said, ‘This character is kind of like a Tina Fey character,’ ” the actress tells Made in Hollywood. “So, I’m like, ‘I’m going to get that book! I’m going to make that book a movie!'”

Thus, Kim Barker’s memoir, “The Taliban Shuffle,” became “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” And while Fey, who stars alongside Margot Robbie, is supposedly playing herself, she still needed some help from her longtime collaborator Robert Carlock, who adapted the book.

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“Robert ran ’30 Rock’ with me, and we co-created ‘Kimmy Schmidt,’ so, we know each other a long time,” says Fey. “We actually know each other from ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and he is very good at writing for me. I feel bad for him that that’s what he has to do sometimes for a living.”

Fey calls the project a “complicated film to adapt.”

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“You have to get the military stuff right and the new stuff right and the Afghan culture,” she says. “You have to do a lot of hard work and research, and he crushed it.” — Dahvi Shira.

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