In his second directorial effort, George Clooney (also co-writer) takes on Edward R. Murrow, a man who spoke to the nation in a time and in way that made delivering the news of the day (on the groundbreaking CBS program 'See it Now') a crucial exchange between a country in crisis (McCarthyism) and a man with courage, poise, and integrity. The film, starring David Strathairn as Murrow, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, and George Clooney opened this year's New York Film Festival and has the makings of a top contender come award season. We spoke with George, David, Patricia, and co-writer Grant Heslov one afternoon a few weeks back to discuss Murrow, politics, and everyone's favorite topic, George Clooney.

What was it like filming this moment of American history?