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Sarah Palin says she's happy to be impersonated on screen

The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate grits her teeth and accepts that actresses will portray her.

First it was the Saturday Night Live comic Tina Fey. Now it’s the turn of Academy Award-nominated actress Julianne Moore to portray Sarah Palin.

While Fey mercilessly skewed the former Alaska governor, Moore, who appeared in Hannibal and The Hours, will be playing it relatively straight in the new HBO drama Game Change.

Based on the book by the American journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, Game Change is a behind-the-scenes account of the 2008 presidential campaign in which Barack Obama triumphed over John McCain and Palin, who was the Republican vice presidential candidate.

The made-for-television movie will be directed by Jay Roach, who helmed HBO’s Emmy Award-winning Recount, based on the 2000 presidential campaign involving George W Bush and Al Gore.

Penning the script is the co-producer Danny Strong, who also picked up the Writers Guild of America Award for Recount.

Speaking to Fox News’s Sean Hannity, Palin joked that she was happy for actresses to portray her.

“Well, I’m all about job creation and I guess I could provide some of these gals who pretend like they are me some job security,” she said. “I would ask though, if they’re of the mind of spreading the wealth around, that perhaps they want to spring for one of my kids’ sets of braces or something as they capitalise on pretending to be me.”

Palin wouldn’t be drawn to Hannity’s suggestion that Courtney Cox or Demi Moore might be better for the role.

“I think I’ll just grit my teeth and bear whatever comes what may with that movie,” she said.

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