Thursday, March 26, 2009

Peter Morgan's latest Tony Blair-themed romp raises my eyebrows

Peter Morgan is the probing political writer who did the screenplays for The Deal, The Queen, Last King of Scotland, and Frost/Nixon.  He's kind of a big deal in the writing world.  His latest (and third film) about Tony Blair (sort of) is "The Special Relationship," his first outing in the directors' seat.  It's going to be a TV film co-produced by HBO and BBC.

So why do I care?  Well, it's actually about Bill Clinton.  And if you've been paying attention, this is the first movie that will actually dramatize part of Clinton's presidency directly, concerned with Clinton and Blair's relationship from 1997-2000.  Okay, okay, why else should anyone care?  Michael Sheen is reprising his role as Blair from The Queen.  But the pick for Bill?  Dennis Quaid.  Yes, THAT Dennis Quaid.  The pick for Hillary Clinton?  Julianne Moore.  Yes, the two stars of "Far From Heaven" reunite a la DiCaprio and Winslet.  Sound strange yet?  According to The Guardian, Quaid beat out the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tim Robbins to get the part.  Just close your eyes and imagine Tim Robbins as Bill Clinton.  In a sick way, it's a lot more awesome than imagining Frank Langella as Nixon or Josh Brolin as Dubya.

But hey, if Helen Mirren can pull off Queen Elizabeth then what do I know about anything?

Here's a link to the article in The Guardian:http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/mar/25/peter-morgan-tony-blair-bill-clinton-special-relationship-film

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