Thank You for Smoking

(2006)

In a role Aaron Eckhart seems born to play, the hero of "Thank You for Smoking" is Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, who makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette makers in today's neo-puritanical culture. Confronted by health zealots out to ban tobacco and an opportunistic senator (Macy) who wants to put poison labels on cigarette packs, Nick goes on a PR offensive, spinning away the dangers of cigarettes on TV talk shows and enlisting a Hollywood super-agent (Rob Lowe) to promote smoking in movies. Nick's newfound notoriety attracts the attention of both tobacco's head honcho (Duvall) and an investigative reporter for an influential Washington daily (Holmes). Nick says he is just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage, but he begins to think about how his work makes him look in the eyes of his young son Joey (Bright).

Based on Christopher Buckley's acclaimed 1994 novel of the same title and adapted for the screen by Jason Reitman, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING is a fiercely satirical look at today's "culture of spin." The hero of THANK YOU FOR SMOKING is Nick Naylor (AARON ECKHART), chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, who makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette makers in today's neo-puritanical culture. Confronted by health zealots out to ban tobacco and an opportunistic senator (WILLIAM H. MACY) who wants to put poison labels on cigarette packs, Nick goes on a PR offensive, spinning away the dangers of cigarettes on TV talk shows and enlisting a Hollywood super-agent (ROB LOWE) to promote smoking in movies. Nick's newfound notoriety attracts the attention of both tobacco's head honcho (ROBERT DUVALL) and an investigative reporter for an influential Washington daily (KATIE HOLMES). Nick says he is just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage, but the increased scrutiny of his son (CAMERON BRIGHT) and a very real death threat may force him to think differently.

‘Thank You for Smoking’ Becomes a USA Series

The series was originally pitched to NBC, but they passed on it. The pilot is set to go into production at the start of the New Year.

Thank You for Smoking was released March 17th, 2006.

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NBC Picks Up ‘Thank You For Smoking’

NBC will produce the TV version of the comedy satire, Thank You for Smoking for Room 9 Entertainment.

Rick Cleveland is set to write and executive produce the show based on the Christopher Buckley novel; Buckley will serve as a consulting producer. Variety reports it's being developed as a single-camera comedy focusing on Nick Naylor, the superstar spin doctor who did PR for big tobacco, picking up where the feature left off, with Naylor running his own firm.

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CONTEST: Own ‘Thank You for Smoking’ On DVD!

Movie PictureOn October 3 one of the best films of the year Thank You for Smoking comes to DVD! To celebrate we are lighting up your DVD collection by giving away some copies to a few lucky people!

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Aaron Eckhart Wants to ‘Thank You for Smoking’

Aaron Eckhart is at his best in Jason Reitman's savagely funny satire, Thank You for Smoking. Eckhart plays Nick Naylor, a smooth talking tobacco lobbyist at odds with Congress, his family, and the world in general. The film is a brilliant debut from Jason Reitman and a stellar performance for Aaron Eckhart. He's a great actor that can play a jerk better than anyone in Hollywood today.

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