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Biopic: The Movie: The Game

Biopic: The Movie: The Game

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next game is inspired by historical biopics. You know what? I love when someone pronounces biopic byopic (ph).

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Like, it sounds like something you experiment with in college. Like, I dabbled with being biopic...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...But it turns out I'm triopic.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: We'll play you a clip of an actor playing a real person. You're going to ring and identify the figure being portrayed. And if you get that right, for a bonus point, you can name the actor. Erika, stay in the lead, and you're in the final round. Katie, you need to get more points or, in the biopic of your life, you'll be portrayed by Randy Quaid.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I know - real stakes. OK. Here we go. This film is from 2009.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "JULIE & JULIA")

MERYL STREEP: (As Julia) I'm going to try to flip this thing over now, which is a rather daring thing to do.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Katie.

KATIE WOGKSCH: Julia Child.

EISENBERG: That is correct. Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: For a bonus point, can you identify the actor?

WOGKSCH: Meryl Streep.

EISENBERG: Yeah. That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: This movie is from 1997.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "SELENA")

JENNIFER LOPEZ: (As Selena) What about my Spanish? I've been singing in Spanish for 10 years. It's perfect.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Katie.

WOGKSCH: Selena?

EISENBERG: Yeah. That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And for a bonus point, can you identify the actor?

WOGKSCH: Was it Jennifer Lopez?

EISENBERG: It sure was.

(APPLAUSE)

WOGKSCH: Oh, good (laughter).

EISENBERG: Yeah. Great pulse.

WOGKSCH: Takes me back.

EISENBERG: Yeah, 1997. That was the last year Jennifer Lopez aged.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Name the character from the movie "Southside With You."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU")

TIKA SUMPTER: (As Michelle) Barack, you seem like a really sweet guy. But how many times do I have to tell you? We're not going out together.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Erika.

ERIKA MEYER: Michelle Obama.

EISENBERG: Yeah. That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I love - you know, it's, like, a little bit - is it fictional? Is it not? There's many retellings of if she refused him a whole bunch of times. But it is interesting to think that she would've never dated Barack, and some other guy would've become president.

(LAUGHTER, CHEERING)

EISENBERG: For a bonus point, can you identify the actor?

MEYER: I cannot.

EISENBERG: That's all right. We were looking for Tika Sumpter.

MEYER: Yeah.

EISENBERG: OK. Sure. Great.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Here's your last clue. Name this singer from "What's Love Got To Do With It."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT")

ANGELA BASSETT: (As Tina) We'll take the beginning of this song and do it easy. But then we're going to do the finish rough. That's the way we do Creedence Clearwater's "Proud Mary."

EISENBERG: OK.

MEYER: I can hear people saying, come on.

WOGKSCH: I know.

MEYER: But I can't...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Well, let me just...

WOGKSCH: I feel so guilty.

EISENBERG: ...Let me just remind you of this - name the singer from "What's Love Got To Do With It." Does that help you at all?

(LAUGHTER)

WOGKSCH: I never saw that movie.

EISENBERG: It's a second-hand emotion for God's sakes.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: God's sake is in a lyric.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Katie.

WOGKSCH: Tina Turner.

EISENBERG: Yes.

(CHEERING)

WOGKSCH: I got there. I got there.

EISENBERG: For a bonus point, can you identify the actor?

WOGKSCH: Tina Turner playing herself, Tina Turner?

EISENBERG: Good idea, but no.

WOGKSCH: Oh.

EISENBERG: Not the premise of this game.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: We were looking for Angela Bassett.

WOGKSCH: Oh.

EISENBERG: Yes. Yes. OK. After two games, Katie pulled ahead. And she is going to the final round.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll talk to the actor Retta. You know her from "Parks And Rec." She currently stars in "Good Girls," which is about a group of women who turn to the life of crime. I want to come clean right now and admit that, as a kid, I took more than one prize when I went to see the dentist. No one ever caught me, so you know what I learned? Nothing.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I'm Ophira Eisenberg. And this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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