This is a partial transcript of "The Big Story With John Gibson," April 19, 2006, that has been edited for clarity.
JOHN GIBSON, HOST: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, than "American Idol" and the president got a big compliment with this film.
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DENNIS QUAID: There’s a lot of interesting things.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, yes, there is a lot of stuff. They have to fill the pages with something, but I think interesting is stretching it.
QUAID: Well, for instance, did you know that there are two kinds of Iraqistanis. I mean actually three kinds of Iraqis.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you mean Sunnis and Shiites and Kurds?
QUAID: You knew about this?
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GIBSON: The president in "American Dreamz" goes on to judge the televised talent show in an attempt to boost his own ratings. Problem sound familiar?
Our next guest plays a reporter in the film. She’s also very busy in the entertainment circuit with several projects. Joining us now, actress Judy Greer .
So, Judy, sounds like a very funny movie.
JUDY GREER, ACTRESS: Yes, it is. It’s really funny. It’s really sweet, too, and compassionate.
GIBSON: Sweet and compassionate. Meantime, it does seem like President Bush takes a few hits on this — in this movie.
GREER: Yes, you know I think it’s — he comes off pretty well. I mean if — you know it’s an imitation of him. But I don’t know, the character of the president...
GIBSON: Three kinds of Iraqistanis?
GREER: I know. But wait until you see the rest of the movie. In the end, he really — he seems kind of sweet and loveable.
GIBSON: Well if he’s a judge on the "American Idol" spoof, does he play Simon? Does he play Randy? Does he play Paula?
GREER: I don’t think he plays any. He plays himself.
GIBSON: He plays himself. How about you, you’re a reporter.
GIBSON: And I’m sure you’ve watched that press corps at the White House.
GREER: Yes. Well...
GIBSON: You’ve studied them closely.
GREER: ... I actually am not — I’m working for "American Dreamz," so not a reporter for the White House.
GIBSON: I see. I see.
GREER: I work with the television show in the movie.
GIBSON: All right. And you’re doing some other things, too. You also have a movie premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival.
GIBSON: And what is "The TV Set" about?
GREER: That’s all about the making of a television pilot. And it’s a satire. It makes fun of how hard it is to get a television show made and on the air and the series picked up and it’s really hysterical.
GIBSON: Is it true?
GREER: Yes. I know, I’ve done like eight of them. It’s sort of impossible to get on the air.
GIBSON: It’s pretty difficult.
GIBSON: You’re also on stage here in New York.
GREER: Yes, I am. I’m doing a show at Second Stage Theater called "Show People." It’s Off- Broadway. And it’s also written by Paul Weitz who wrote and directed "American Dreamz." And it’s a really, really funny movie about a guy who pays two people to play his parents for the weekend.
GIBSON: This all sounds the same, "Show People,"...
GIBSON: "The TV Set."
GIBSON: "American Dreamz."
GREER: Yes. A lot of industry stuff right now, yes, right.
GIBSON: You’re in the genre.
GREER: I am.
GIBSON: All right. Well, Judy Greer, sounds like you’re on a hot streak. Thank you for coming in.
GREER: We’ll see. Thank you.
GIBSON: And good luck with this.
GREER: Thank you.
GIBSON: The premiere next week.
GIBSON: And the stage show and, of course, "American Dreamz," which looks funny as all get out.
GREER: Thank you.
GIBSON: Judy, thank you very much.
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