The hotel itself was something of a microcosm of the country at the time, reflecting the racial divisions in the U.S. at the time and how divided people were about Vietnam, ... It was important if you were a 19-year-old man at the time that Bobby Kennedy was elected president because his promise was to get us out of the war rather than escalate it.
My intention with 'Bobby' is not to make a political picture, although the 1968 California primary figures prominently in the story. The film is about being at critical mass -- critical mass in relationships or between race, and the hotel and the characters under its roof serve as a microcosm for what was happening in the country during that time. The entire country was experiencing critical mass. Culturally, we all unraveled after that tragic night on June 5. And now, 37 years later, our country has reached critical mass once again.
In 2000, I found myself at the Ambassador Hotel for a photo shoot with my brother ( Charlie Sheen ), and I remember calling Roger going, 'I think I found it. I'm not sure what the story is, but I think it's going to be about the day Bobby Kennedy was shot. I started to do the research and started writing. I finished it about a week before 911.