Director/Producer Jay Roach (“Meet the Parents, “Meet the Fockers,” “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”) talks to Dan Rodo about the movie TRUMBO. James Dalton Trumbo was an American screenwriter and novelist. As one of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee’s investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted; one was originally given to a front writer, and one was awarded to “Robert Rich”, Trumbo’s pseudonym.
Blacklisting effectively ended in 1960 when it lost credibility. Trumbo was publicly given credit for two blockbuster films: Otto Preminger made public that Trumbo wrote the screenplay for the smash hit, Exodus, and Kirk Douglas publicly announced that Trumbo was the screenwriter of Spartacus. Further, President John F. Kennedy crossed American Legion picket lines to see the film.
On December 19, 2011, the Writers Guild of America announced that Trumbo was given full credit for his work on the screenplay of the 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday, almost sixty years after the fact.
Dan Rodo: Host, Let’s Go DFW. Racking up over 11 million YouTube views since late 2012, Dan Rodo built a devoted social media following through comedy, social experiments and his own insights. With his marshmallow personality, he connects with audiences like making new friends. His ability to make people laugh and feel at ease is undeniable, a signature move making him a rising star.