Charlie Wilson Regrets Nothing

George Crile from Charlie Wilson's War

White Night: The Congressman, with some Afghan fighters he helped arm, in the '80s.

Good-time Charlie today? Still fast-talking, still fun-loving, still sporting his trademark suspenders. But he does have a new heart. After 40 days on a waiting list, the flamboyant 74-year-old former Democratic Congressman underwent a lifesaving transplant surgery in Houston in late September, and although he's still in quarantine, he pronounces the procedure "an enormous success. I told them to keep me alive till the movie comes out, and I feel pretty good." As a get-well present, Tom Hanks, who plays Wilson in the movie, gave him the binoculars he used in Saving Private Ryan, which had been Wilson's all-time favorite flick....

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