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.


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?


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.

GREER: Yes, I do, "The TV Set" starring David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver.

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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