The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart is taking the summer off but with good reason; he’s directing his first film, Rosewater, adapted from the Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy novel Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. Stewart has a been a busy bee as he also wrote the screenplay for said film.
Rosewater tells the story of the aforementioned Bahari, whose involvement in a 2009 interview/sketch with TDS correspondent Jason Jones in Iran, was accused of “being a spy and plotting a revolution”, arrested and jailed by the Iranian government. In the sketch, Jones was pretending to be a spy and the resulting footage from said sketch was used as evidence against Bahari.
This sketch, to be exact.
During his 2011 appearance on TDS, the Canadian-Iranian BBC journalist/documentarian/human rights activist told Stewart he wasn’t arrested because of said interview but because “his captors wanted an excuse to lock him up.”
In an interview yesterday with the New York Times, Stewart said the idea of directing a film he wrote (and his company, Busboy Productions, along with Scott Rudin Productions and Odd Lot Entertainment are producing) is “a little scary but one of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves. I really connected to Maziar’s story, it’s a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free.”
Okay, so we go three months without Stewart’s unending boyish charm, biting wit, sarcasm and pure owning of every political party but come ON – the dude’s been at this since 1999 and outside of the two months he took off to show solidarity during the 2007 writers strike, rarely EVER takes a break…so I say go for it.
But don’t despair TDS (and Community) fans; “Senior British Correspondent” John Oliver will take over hosting duties for Stewart while he’s away and I have every confidence in the world he’ll do it right; Stewart wouldn’t have chosen him if he wasn’t the right man for the job.
And if you really think about it, the show has a four-week summer hiatus every year so we’ll only be missing Stewart for eight weeks but I have every confidence that Oliver will make the pain a little less hurty.
Good luck Jon and John; thanks for being honest and not trying to Dick York/Dick Sargent us!
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