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Is the Clinton/Blair relationship really the Clinton movie people want to see?

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 25th 2009 6:00PM
Bill Clinton & Tony BlairWe all have tremendous respect for you, Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan (yes, that is what I call him when we're hanging out drinking espressos and doing the crosswords), but do you really think the Clinton story America is just dying to see dramatized is the relationship between former president Bill and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair? Unless "The Special Relationship," as they're calling it, involves a special blue suit Mr. Blair kept for no explainable reason without cleaning it, I think there's better Clinton dramatics to be had.

Even if you don't go with the most sensational stories, there is a certain historic Presidential campaign. Hell, tell both stories from her perspective, that should be fun. Casting, should HBO greenlight the film, has Dennis Quaid playing Bill, Julianne Moore taking on the current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Michael Sheen (who played Frost in the aforementioned Frost/Nixon) playing Tony Blair. This would be his third film appearance as Blair, which makes you wonder if more people think Blair looks like Sheen than Blair.

Blair: "Yes, I'm Tony Blair. I made a reservation three hours ago and was wondering if--"

Bloke: "Hey Mac, ya ain't foolin' no one! (because this is how I picture a British maitre d' sounding) You don't look nothin' like the guy."

Sheen: "Hello, I was wondering if I could make a reserv--"

Bloke: "Oh, Mr. Blair. Right this way, sir. Your table is ready."

Blair: "What, now hold on a bloody--"

Bloke: "Shut yer yapper you before I throws you out!"

Blair: "Well, I never!"

Sheen: "Better luck next time, mate."

Clinton (at table): "Well, hey there Tonybear, I was wondering when you'd show up."

Sheen: "I'm sorry, I-- I"

Clinton: "Is that a new suit. You look great in blue."

Apparently Peter Morgan is determined to get Tony Blair's entire life story on film at one point or another, with Michael Sheen along for the ride. As for the casting for the Clintons, I can't say that Quaid or Moore look really anything like the former First Couple. Maybe if Quaid gets one of those red clown noses he can channel Bubba better.

Apparently Clinton and Blair were even closer buds than we knew back then, advising one another on how to handle various situations that arose.

"Just stick your thumb up halfway and shake it up and down. Now, bite that bottom lip and lie, Tony. Lie like there's no tomorrow. Then everybody loves you and it all just kind of goes away. Plus, if you wait long enough some other poor schmuck takes over and it all becomes their problem!"

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Peter Morgan is English, so I doubt he's too concerned about what the Clinton movie is that America's dying to see.

March 26 2009 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As long as they include Sebastian from Little Britian

"I dont like the way he looks at you..."

March 26 2009 at 9:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No, not really the movie I want to see.

March 26 2009 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Martine McCutcheon should play Monica Lewinsky:


March 25 2009 at 10:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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