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Julia Roberts Character Doesn’t Cuss So Much, Thanks to Houston Lawyer


Houston lawyer Dick DeGuerin had a hand in making some script changes in the movie Charlie Wilson’s War—and was a guest at the premiere.

The movie (video), which opens in theaters Dec. 21, is based on the true story of a Texas congressman who helped secure funds for the mujahedeen fighters that drove the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan. Tom Hanks plays the congressman and Julia Roberts the Houston socialite, Joanne King Herring, who urged Charlie Wilson to fund the resistance.

When Herring got a leaked advance copy of the script, she wasn’t happy with its portrayal of her, the Tex Parte blog reports.

“They had written a script that had her cussing like a sailor and doing things that she never did,” DeGuerin told the blog. “She got me to threaten the producers with a lawsuit if they didn’t change it. And they did.”

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