While she may not agree with her politics, it appears that Julianne Moore has more than a little respect for former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Moore, who plays Palin in the upcoming HBO movie “Game Change,” says the former vice presidential candidate is “very canny.” Moore tells the NY Post that Palin is “extremely hardworking and ambitious, and would not have reached the place that she reached without ability. You don’t get to be a vice-presidential candidate by accident.”

That said, the noted liberal says she recognizes Palin was in a tough spot when she shot onto the national stage in 2008 as John McCain’s running mate.

“I do think the situation that she was put in was a completely untenable one,” Moore says. Palin “was suddenly almost in lockdown, where [she] wasn’t allowed to speak to anybody unless it went through the proper channels. They were telling her what to do and how to dress. And how to behave.”

While Palin has yet to comment on the film, her former spokesperson Meg Stapleton has expressed her distaste toward it. She tells reporters, “We all know Palin sells, and the dramatization of Palin sells even more (but) this is sick.”

She continues, “They mock Governor Palin… as weak and unable to cope and press forward. And the movie and the trailer…say that. And yet, look with your own eyes at what she and her family have endured and inspired over the last few years. Any lesser man would have hanged himself by now. So who’s weak?”

Posted by:David Eckstein