Jon Stewart is getting busy in the movie business again; filming of the movie “Rosewater” will start this summer. In an almost surprising move, Jon Stewart announced he was to take a break from being the host of the “Daily Show”, to focus on his movie career. While the successful host has acted in past films such as “The Faculty”, Doogal”, and “Big Daddy”, he has never directed any movie, but that’s about to change…
Stewart will be leaving the Daily Show for about 3 months next summer to work just on “Rosewater”. The movie is an international drama story that tells the tale of a Canadian-Iranian journalist called Maziar Bahari, who was arrested and thrown into jail for four months under the charges of conspiracy against the ruling government. Bahari had originally co-wrote the story with Aimee Molloy in the book “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival”. Also, it seems that producer of the film Scott Rudin has had a fair amount of success with the Oscars in the past.
In a phone call with the New York Times, Stewart shared how much he felt with Bahari’s adventure, and stated: “It just kind of happened”. Bahari has been a guest on the show a few times now, and they always seemed to be good friends, but their relationship is deeper than meets the eye.
When Bahari was taken in by the Irani government, the people who arrested him have actually recorded a part of “The Daily Show”, and used that filming against him. Even though Bahari firmly stated later on the show that this was not the reason he was captured, Stewart was still infuriated to hear of this saying "You can imagine how upset we were” and "I struck up a friendship with him afterward."