Tina Fey Talks the Making of ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’

Tina Fey is back on the big screen.

“A woman named Kim Barker wrote about her time working as a journalist for the Chicago Tribune in Afghanistan. And the book was called The Taliban Shuffle,” Fey told ABC News. “And in The New York Times review of the book, Michiko Takatani said ‘Oh Kim writes herself like a Tina Fey character.' And because I’m an egomaniac and a jerk, I was like 'I’m going to read this book.' It’s a character like me."

“When I’m looking for potential projects, I think, what’s a movie I would want to go see if I were walking up to the theater?” said Fey. “What is a role that is plausible that it could be me? And I felt like, oh a journalist is plausible. I’ve been a fake journalist before in my career. And I love that it was set in an extreme environment that you don’t see much.”

The role seems to be a bit of a departure from what many may have come to expect from the award-winning actress.

"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" hits theaters today.