Prior to filming the 2009 British satirical black comedy “In the Loop”, director/writer Armando Iannucci gained access to the US Department of State by flashing a simple photo ID to a security guard and saying “BBC. I’m here for the 12:30.” Iannucci then spent a few hours walking around taking pictures for his set designers. In fact, in the film, the meeting in which the character Lieutenant General George Miller (Played by James Gandolfini), Senior Military Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, is stood up by the character Linton Barwick (Played by David Rasche), U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Policy, was also scheduled for 12:30.
Don’t worry, the US government also volunteered their services. To research his role, Gandolfini actually was given access to the Pentagon to interview real generals. Nice to know the US could be such good sports about Iannucci though. The fact they let the film get released in the US shows they can laugh at themselves.