"The response matters.
Our response defines us."
Peter Riegert plays Colonel Richard Jefferson in "The Response."
As soon as he read the script for "The Response," he called Sig Libowitz. “I asked Sig if he had an agenda. ‘Are you trying to prove something with your screenplay?’” Riegert recalls. “He said no, that he was looking at this as an idea to debate. And I thought it was interesting as a dramatic piece. The battle of the ideas represented by Kate, myself and Sig is really what made it challenging. And worth taking a chance on.”
“This film made me think about our system of law and how much I take it for granted,” says Riegert. “9/11 was an event that caused people to respond in a certain way, whether it’s the people who might be our enemy or us as a country or as a people. What’s complicated about Guantanamo is that it’s part of our response.
“The response matters,” he continues. “Anyone can claim to have character, but character is defined by crisis.”
Peter Riegert: Participation in Screenings/Panels for "The Response"
Peter Riegert has participated in screenings and panels for "The Response" across the U.S., including:
- Rhodes College - Memphis, TN (3/31/11)
- Syracuse Law - Syracuse, NY (9/30/10)
- U.N. Peace Operations & Law - New York, NY (7/8/10)
- Members of Congress & GWU - Washington, DC (6/30/10)
- Harvard University - Cambridge, MA (5/4/10)
- Union League Club - Chicago, IL (4/22/10)
- Yale University - New Haven, CT (4/12/10)
- U.S. Military Academy - West Point, NY (3/23/10)
- Fordham Law - New York, NY (3/9/10)
- South Texas Law - Houston, TX (2/25/2010)
- French Embassy - Washington, DC (2/16/2010)
- Columbia University - New York, NY (1/20/10)
Peter Riegert: Film, TV, and Stage Credits
Since starring in the comedy classic Animal House, Peter Riegert has created beloved roles in film and television over the last several decades. Memorable performances include star turns in Local Hero opposite Burt Lancaster, Crossing Delancey opposite Amy Irving, and Barbarians at the Gate opposite James Garner. Riegert is a recurring guest star on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Damages (opposite Glenn Close), and he recently completed The Sopranos, where he played the corrupt State Assemblyman Ronald Zellman. Riegert was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film, By Courier, which he both adapted and directed. He is also the director of King of the Corner, co-written with Gerald Shapiro. The film stars Riegert, Isabella Rossellini, and Eli Wallach. Riegert is currently preparing a movie by writing the screenplay, based on the novel "A Field of Darkness" by Cornelia Read.
Additional Resources about Peter Riegert
Peter Riegert on Wikipedia