There was a time when filmmakers and producers could spot cultural trends with a deft eye, realizing when a subject was still compelling or when it had become so over-saturated in the public eye that it lost its bid to become the Democratic Presidential nominee. I’m not sure when that time was – probably from 1:32pm – 3:47pm on March 22nd, 1987. But I wish that brief two hours had lasted so that producers could see that a(nother) movie about the Clintons is about as welcomed as a rectal tax audit.
But I’m torn, friends, because this sobering news about Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore playing both respective halves of Billary also comes with the news that Michael Sheen will be playing Tony Blair. For the third time. That’s right folks! He went for the trifecta!
If it hadn’t been for Ioan Gruffudd taking the part in W., Sheen could have been Blair four times. If Sheen’s career ever drops off, he’s got a lot of options as a Blair body-double or in the former-heads-of-state-themed strip club that’s just down Congress here in Austin.
According to ComingSoon, the film The Special Relationship, which sounds as cravenly sexual as befits the characters, will focus on the dramatics between the newly elected President and the newly elected Prime Minister as they attempt to work together, share candlelit dinners, and share fabric stain-removal tips. Oh, and discussing statecraft and foreign policy probably.
The film is being primped for HBO under the direction of the Frost/Nixon screenwriter and writer of this project, Peter Morgan. Morgan is also the talent who keeps getting Michael Sheen to play Tony Blair in the projects he writes.
What do you think? Am I being too hard here? Do you think there should be an all-you-can-eat buffet at strip clubs where the dancers are dressed like Menachem Begin? As long as it’s Kosher?