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Bob Odenkirk fights an administration and plays nice with Steven Spielberg for 'The Post'

Bob Odenkirk fights an administration and plays nice with Steven Spielberg for 'The Post'

Bob Odenkirk was dazzled by the mastery of Steven Spielberg earlier this year. But the actor had some pretty good moves himself.

He played key Washington Post reporter Ben Bagdikian in the filmmaker’s latest effort, “The Post,” a best picture Oscar contender about the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 against the directives of the Nixon administration, which attempted to stop both the Post and the New York Times from making the secret papers — and their information about the war in Vietnam — public.

Being in such a high-profile project would make for a good year for anybody. But Odenkirk went on to receive nominations from both the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (the...

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