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Clinton, Monica Lewinsky scandal being turned into an HBO movie

White House intern Monica Lewinsky hugging President Clinton at a Rose Garden eent

Just when you thought it was safe to deep-six that needlessly salacious Ken Starr report and offer your Clinton-era black beret to the Salvation Army, word comes that Hollywood is resurrecting the so-last-century Monica Lewinsky scandal in a movie.

"The Special Relationship," an HBO special, is actually about the frustrated efforts of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to form a working relationship with President Clinton, who seemed increasingly distracted by the fallout from the scandal. For those who have blissfully forgotten what all that fuss was about, Clinton was accused of having sex with Lewinsky, a 22-year-old White House intern, in the Oval Office and then lying about it to Congress, a grand jury and his wife (now Secretary of State Hillary Clinton), not necessarily in that order.

Dennis Quaid has been tapped to play Clinton with Julianne Moore as the first lady. Playing Blair and his wife Cherie: Michael Sheen and Helen McCrory. As for Lewinsky, filmmakers say they will use archival news footage. Screenwriter Peter Morgan, who wrote "Frost/Nixon," makes his directorial debut in this film, which he also wrote. Still looking for funding, Morgan told the UK's Daily Express:

Everything that happened pre-9/11 is now Jurassic history, and we've completely forgotten it and therefore to explore what happened 10 or 15 years ago is really, really interesting."

See what you think of the casting.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bill Clinton to be played by Michael Sheen and Dennis Quaid in HBO's The Special Relationship

-- Johanna Neuman

Top photo: President Clinton hugs Monica Lewinsky. Credit: Associated Press

Bottom photos: Tony Blair, left, President Clinton, actors Dennis Quaid and Michael Sheen. Quaid is slated to play Clinton and Sheen will portray Blair. Credit: Martin Argles / Rex Features

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A movie about the “special relationship” between Blair and Clinton (Bill) has turned into a movie about Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal for the author of the piece: some body has their mind in the gutter. And then your paper wonders why the future is so bleak for the newspaper business? Who will pay to read this garbage? At least, this nonsense is free online and you’ll always find a taker.

Martine McCutcheon of Love Actually was to play Monica Lewinsky in a movie- Is this finally it?

He wasn't accused of lying about his affair to his wife. Nobody with a lick of sense believes that Hillary Clinton was in any way unaware of his affair with Monica. If she was unaware, she's too stupid for words. He's used women as Kleenex at every opportunity, and Hillary helped to do that.

My question, such as it is, why hasn't anybody made this movie before?

Please make the movie truthful! Use all facts from the case (lawyers records, police records, Monica, Bill, Hillary, etc.)

The cast does not resemble Bill and Hillary but hopefully they can act and speak like them. Hope your Monica look alike choice is better.

Can't wait to see the movie.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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