“The Plot Against America” creator David Simon thanked Philip Roth at the premiere of the new HBO miniseries, recalling a meeting he had with the author before he died in 2018.
“He seemed fit,” Simon told an audience on Wednesday night ahead of the screening at Florence Gould Hall. “He seemed ready to jump in a van and look for locations in Newark. He seemed excited about the project. He had certain things he wanted to convey that he was worried about and I tried to honor those.”
Based on Roth’s 2004 novel, “The Plot Against America” imagines an alternate reality in which aviation hero Charles Lindbergh defeats Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 election, leading to the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism in America.
Simon, who’s known for sharing his political opinions on Twitter, said, “[Roth] wrote a book that was terrifyingly pressing.”
But Simon, 60, said the most memorable moment upon meeting Roth was when he re-read the last three pages of his novel and then he read them again.
“It’s quiet in the apartment for what feels like three and a half hours, it was probably about four minutes and then he closes the book and looks at me and says, ‘It’s your problem now.’”
After the screening, guests including cast members Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, John Turturro and David Krumholtz attended a ritzy afterparty The Metropolitan Club.
We were told the location of the party was fitting, given that at one time in history, Jewish people were not allowed to enter the club.
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