Dan Rather Talks ‘Truth’ and the Story That Ended His CBS Evening News Run (Video)

“In the end, we reported a true story for which we all lost our jobs,” Rather tells TheWrap

Last Updated: December 16, 2015 @ 5:23 PM

Dan Rather, the subject of the film “Truth,” admits he never thought the movie would make it to the big screen.

“I knew that several people were trying to make the film, but quite honestly, I said to myself, this film will never get made,” Rather admitted in an interview with TheWrap. “They called me and said, ‘you’re going to be portrayed by Robert Redford,’ I honestly did not believe it. And I said something like ‘oh yeah, and I’m going to be the Pope of Rome.'”

But now that the film is in theaters, Rather only has good things to say about its accuracy and cast.

“‘Truth’ is marvelously well acted,” he said. “Cate Blanchett is terrific, and Robert Redford, I appreciate his taking the role and I appreciate the way he handled it … You expect a movie called ‘Truth’ to be accurate, and this film was accurate.”

In the film, Redford plays Rather opposite Blanchett as producer Mary Mapes, in the true story of a CBS “60 Minutes” investigation into former President Bush’s military service. The documents on which the story was based were later deemed forgeries, discrediting the report and forever tarnishing Rather and Mapes’ reputations.

CBS decided not to run advertising for the film in October, stating that there are “too many distortions, evasions and baseless conspiracy theories to enumerate them all. The film tries to turn gross errors of journalism and judgment into acts of heroism and martyrdom.”

Rather was not surprised by the network’s decision.

“I mean, what else are they going to do?” the veteran newsman said. “They’d have to decide whether that was smart business or not, obviously they thought it was smart business.”

Watch the video about “Truth” above, and watch his reaction to CBS’s decision below.