Clive Owen was cast as Bill Clinton in ‘American Crime Story: Impeachment’, ugh

Bill Clinton

True story: with a lot of TV shows and announcements about TV shows, I really don’t pay very close attention, especially when it’s a show I don’t watch or care about. I paid attention (briefly) to American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson, enough to see it win a ton of awards and for a new generation to be introduced to that absolute fiasco of “true crime.” I remember hearing that the ACS team would do a season/series based on Bill Clinton’s impeachment, but for some reason, I thought that idea was shelved as soon as it was announced? Apparently, it was put on hold… but not because of the subject matter. It was just that the ACS team already had a bunch of other stuff they were doing, so it took them a while to get back to this. So, the next season/series of American Crime Story WILL be about the Clinton impeachment. And they’ve just cast their Bubba: CLIVE OWEN. Are you sh-tting me??

Oscar-nominated actor Clive Owen will star as Bill Clinton in Impeachment: American Crime Story, the third season of FX’s award-winning limited series franchise, which centers on the sex scandal that rocked the Clinton presidency. Owen joins Sarah Paulson, who will play Linda Tripp, Beanie Feldstein, who will play Monica Lewinsky, and Annaleigh Ashford, who will play Paula Jones in the limited series, on which Lewinsky serves as a producer. The role of Hillary Clinton is currently being cast.

Impeachment is written by Sarah Burgess who executive produces alongside returning ACS team Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall and Paulson. Feldstein, Henrietta Conrad and Jemima Khan are also producing. The limited series is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s bestselling book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President. Toobin’s 1997 book The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson served as the source material for Season 1 of American Crime Story.

Filming on Impeachment, from Fox 21 Television Studios/FX Production, is set to begin in late March. The limited series is currently slated to premiere on Sunday, September 27, 2020, about a month out from the next U.S. Presidential election, but Murphy recently indicated the date may be in flux as the filming schedule has changed.

[From Deadline]

No. No to all of this, I’m sorry. I love some of these people – Clive and Sarah Paulson – but NO. Sarah Paulson has no business playing Linda Tripp, a blousy, overweight a-hole who was best played by John Goodman on Saturday Night Live. And casting Monica Lewinsky with Beanie Feldstein is SHADY. I lived through the Clinton impeachment and while everyone made fun of Monica and her looks, she was (and is) an attractive, curvy woman. She approached Bill Clinton with a flirtatious confidence (Big Sidepiece Energy). Can Beanie Feldstein pull that off? Um, no. As for Clive… I think Clive is incredibly talented and sexy. Clive’s sexiness is dangerous and British. I have no desire to hear his exquisite British voice try to do Bill Clinton’s Arkansas drawl. It won’t work.

As for the timing of it in our current political sh-tshow… it’s not good timing. And I feel like it’s incredibly stupid to waste time and money re-litigating that sh-t when Donald Trump is a sexual predator and he’s currently doing a sh-tload of crimes.

Bill Clinton Book Signing

Anon screening at Everyman Cinema in London


11th Annual Governors Awards

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  1. Eliza says:

    As for the timing not being correct… Bill Clinton is also a sexual predator. Yeah he wasn’t a horrible disgraceful president but that doesn’t take that fact away.

    • SM says:

      For timing, I would agree – terrible timing. But for completely different reason. They will show the shenanigans behind the scenes which will take away from the seriousness of the situation in real time America, they will make impeachment into a drama and with the lack of many to distinguish the fictional from the real with republicans already pushing that the impeachment hearings lack drama, it is a terrible timing. And Bill had an affair and was impeached for lying about it, this orange douchbag is about to be impeached for being a traitor of the Republic. There is a vast difference here

  2. Jennifer says:

    Wow the casting choice for Monica? Really? Sure she was what one journalist described as “zaftig” but I wouldn’t even call her plus size. I loved Sarah Paulson’s Marcia Clark, I hope she can pull off Linda Tripp and make it believable. Weird casting all around, just wait until we hear who Hillary is lol.

    • Mtec says:

      Honestly it’s like they see a bit of fat on a woman and all of the sudden that’s all they see, all of the sudden she’s obese. No offence to Beanie, but Monica was nowhere close to the same size as shape.

      I reminds me how in Love Actually they had a whole storyline about how the PM’s secretary/assistant was SOO fat that he should have been embarrassed to like her, and that he was sooo brave to have still found her attractive, when honestly the actress who played her was totally average weight, some would say even below that.

      It’s ridiculous that till this day we as a society can’t process the thought of a woman being slightly big by societal/hollywood standards, and also being attractive.

      • ChillyWilly says:

        Love Actually is such a misog, fat shaming piece of crap.
        This ACS Impeachment is a big hell no for me. There is too much hellish politics going on right now. I don’t need to relive the Clinton mess at this time. And yeah, this casting is all kinds of whack.

    • Joanna says:

      Yeah, I never thought Monica was that big. Maybe a 12 or 14, the camera makes you look bigger too. I have an hourglass shape and I look bigger in pictures cause my hips are wide. As a white woman dating in the past, I’ve noticed that the wealthier white men like their women thin w a fake rack. That’s what has been promoted for decades as the ideal female beauty. Look at the VS Angel’s for goodness sake. Anyway, now finally, other body types are considered desirable. But men of a certain age who grew up in that time period still view that thin white woman as their ideal woman. Notice there are no overweight women in Trump’s WH, I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Or non white, unless they are conventionally attractive like Nikki Haley. She passes for white but also meets the affirmative action quota they are required by law to fill. Cause Trump wouldn’t have a POC they didn’t have to OR unless he feels it could influence POC to vote for him. Jmo

  3. Ripley says:

    Ugh. No, just no. Bill Clinton was not impeached for crimes against America.

    Anyway, has anyone seen Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk? I went into it not knowing what to think and she made me tear up once. It’s moving and interesting. I was a Freshman in college when it was happening and don’t recall having many feelings one way or the other except to feel sorry for Chelsea and that photo of her holding hands with her mom and leaning towards her whilst walking in between her parents.

    TED Talk:

  4. Ks says:

    Important note: the series was shelved because Ryan Murphy had reservations about telling the Lewinsky story. However, Lewinsky is now a producer, so I don’t think the casting decisions are at all shady. Assume since he wanted to collaborate with her that she had some sort of input, or at least that he wouldn’t pick someone she hated.

  5. KBeth says:

    Terrible casting. Clive Owens is sexy, I know it’s acting but I feel like playing Clinton is beneath him, lol.
    I never understood the criticism of Lewinsky’s looks, I think she’s attractive.
    Nothing can top John Goodman as Tripp on SNL.

    • BeanieBean says:

      That’s my thought, too. This is beneath him. And Monica is pretty, although a really bad photo was chosen for this post.

  6. Eva says:

    Honestly I’m a little glad this is coming out. Lewinsky was treated so horribly during that time. Maybe this is her chance to be seen as a real human being who was treated like absolute garbage , just like a million women before and after her.

    They did that in the OJ season with the prosecutor and it was really great. (She was also attacked by the media, criticised for her looks etc. during the OJ trials.)

  7. Annabel says:

    I don’t know, Clive Owen kind of looks right for the part, and given his vast talent and skills, I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt until I actually hear his Arkansas accent. British actors don’t always go down in flames when forced to adopt American accents: I thought Emma Watson’s accent was spot-on in The Bling Ring, and Jamie Bell’s rural Georgia accent in Undertow was so convincing that my American-born husband didn’t believe me when I told him that Bell was the kid from Billy Elliott.

  8. Lena says:

    Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp? Bless her heart. I know she’s gotten a ton of roles from Ryan Murphy so I guess she might owe him but what a thankless role. I don’t agree about Beanie feldstein. I saw Booksmart and she’s a star. I think she will smash it. The current impeachment trial should be well over by next Fall but I think it would be a stupid distraction seeing as how important the current election is and everyone needs complete focus on the current president’s crimes, governmental AND sexual.

  9. Daisy says:

    I’m actually excited to watch this. Monica Lewinsky is one of the producers, so she’ll approve the way they’re gonna tell the story. Also she was very happy with Beanie playing her so…

  10. Ugh on describing a 22 year old with “big side piece energy”. Let’s not forget the power imbalance in that “relationship”.

    I have great appreciation for Bill as President but the fall out for Monica has lasted a lifetime.

    • Mumbles says:

      Agreed. The age and power discrepancy is all the more prevalent when you hear Monica talking about it now….she truly believed they were soulmates. In addition to being young, she had other issues – growing up chubby in Beverly Hills, her parents’ messy divorce, and frankly a mother who herself married a much older, wealthy man and was actually delighted in hearing about her daughter’s experiences with the president, when in fact she should have gotten her daughter out of that exploitative arrangement. Not side piece energy. More like vulnerable, exploited sadness.

  11. milly says:

    The timing is unbelievably irresponsible.

    On top of that, I have little empathy for Monica Lewinsky. She bragged to her friends about going to Washington so that she could sleep with Bill Clinton and continued to brag to her friends when they were fooling around. Her parents connections got her the job, a job that she had no interest in doing and could have gone to someone who actually wanted it. She stalked Bill for months before he gave in to her advances. When he ended it and she faced no repercussions until she continued to stalk him, throw tantrums and try to harass Hillary. She topped it off by keeping a cum soaked dress for the purpose of blackmailing him. Bill also was not the first or last married man she slept with.

    I do have empathy for the shit Linda Tipp and Ken Starr pulled. That was awful. But Monica was no metoo victim. People who make her into one minimize the hell women who actually face sexual harassment and imbalance of power in the workplace experience.

    Bill is no angel. He was married and was not forced to have sexual relations with Monica or any other woman. That’s on him. But this sanctifying of Monica is wrong. Everyone involved paid a price. Bill got impeached by the House, Monica was a joke of Late Night shows, Hillary was disparaged for staying with Bill, and Chelsea was mocked. Let sleeping dogs lie or focus on women who Bill actually harassed.

    As someone who was sexually harassed and faced consequences for reporting it, it pisses me off that she tied herself to the MeToo movement.

    • Lena says:

      I agree. Monica doesn’t deserve any real sympathy in my estimation (after having lived through this episode in American history) but I’m sure she’s eager to change the narrative and it looks like she found a sympathetic ear in Ryan Murphy and people who think she deserves to jump on the me too movement. I don’t. And sorry, but I’m tired of brits always playing Americans. They aren’t better than the actors we have here.

    • BeanieBean says:

      ‘Everyone involved paid a price….Chelsea was mocked.’ How in the h*ll do you think Chelsea was involved? She had nothing to do with what her father was up to. Geez Louise.

      • Joanna says:

        Duh, we know that. Imagine being Chelsea’s age and the cruel comments people made towards her about her Dad. Remember Rush called her ugly? Milly is not saying she had anything to do with it but Chelsea suffered from it.

    • Joanna says:

      Agree w you ! Bill took advantage but she pursued. whether out of ignorance or naivete she did. No he should not have taken advantage of that opportunity but she is definitely not a victim of unwanted sexual activity or assault. She was a willing participant. Unlike the metoo women.

      • Anne Call says:

        She’s made an entire career out of her affair with Clinton. My god, it was consensual and it really bugs me that she’s still using it to make money and seek fame. I’m still so pissed about the 2016 election and lock her up chants that still are screamed at trump rallies. This will just be another way to hurt the real victims-Hillary and Chelsea. I’m really done with Ryan Murphy.

  12. Catherine says:

    1. “big side piece energy” is accurate, very accurate.
    2. The timing is so bad. Do they want to help Fox News?UNLESS they want to focus ENTIRELY on the hypocrisy of the GOP, Lindsey Graham, Ken Starr, Karl Rove, etc.

    3. Billy Bob Thornton is the only man who can successfully to play a fellow Arkansan, was he busy? I don’t care if they don’t look alike, that’s what make-up/body suits are for. Billy Bob naturally sounds like Bill Clinton because that’s legit what the men in Arkansas sound like. That is the accent. I saw a good movie about a bad thing that happened in Arkansas played entirely by Australian actors DISASTER. I saw the great Steve Martin play Jerry Jones in a movie. ALL WERE DISASTROUS TO MY EARS. Clive Owen? If he talks with a Georgian Foghorn-Leghorn accent 😩😩😩😩

  13. notasugarhere says:

    What happened to his career that he’s gotten to this point? He should have been so much more successful given his talent.

  14. M.A.F. says:

    Who is playing Kenneth Starr? Because that POS is the one who owns Monica an apology for dragging her through this. The man was obsessed with Clinton’s penis.

  15. Suz says:

    I can’t stand Clive Owen. He over-acts in everything.

    I can’t stand Bill Clinton. He’s a sexual predator.

  16. adastraperaspera says:

    I believe this content is intended to muddy the waters and smear the Clintons once again, just when we need clarity to get Trump impeached and win the 2020 election (when Dem candidates will seek endorsements from both Hillary and Bill). As for Bill’s character, I believe evidence shows that he’s a philanderer and adulterer, but not a sexual predator.

    • DaisySharp says:

      I agree, but unless you lived through the 90’s and paid very close attention, you have no idea what you’re talking about and the woke position now is to say bill is a predator. I know it’s better use of my time to bang my head against the wall. Did you know Ken Starr, KEN STARR, almost indicted Kathleen Wiley for perjury? Did you know it’s a known fact she lied? I mean, I could go down the list. But there’s no point.

  17. Briar says:

    Whoa, I think this post is unnecessarily shady against Beanie Feldstein. She, too, is an “attractive, curvy woman”, so let’s just let her do her thing with this part!

    • DiegoInSF says:

      ITA, I didn’t recognize her by her name so googled her expecting an awful troll by the description!

    • JulieCarr says:

      Agreed. This post is quite nasty really.

      Also, Feldstein’s weight fluctuates. Half the time she’s thinner than Lewinsky was back then. Plus Lewinsky wasn’t some Marilyn Monroe bombshell. She got a good makeover after the scandal, but at the time she was just a cute, overweight girl in unflattering 90’s clothing that always made her look chunky, not curvy.

  18. JBones says:

    Similar topic, different story..The Loudest Voice is incredible. Russell Crowe’s portrayal of Roger Ailes is outstanding.

  19. Prayers to our country

  20. Godwina says:

    Am I alone have seen the trailer for ACO:OJ and thinking “Wow, that looks so…crummy.” I can’t believe these tacky-ass things are a thing.

  21. DaisySharp says:

    Maybe they wanted to ensure Hillary doesn’t change her mind and enter. I lived through all of this and I don’t think you can call Bill a sexual predator, based on his affair with a young woman who told friends she was going to DC with her kneepads on before she ever met the President. Stop. Okay, don’t infantilize women. Since I don’t believe Hillary will enter (she should), I don’t care about this. I won’t get caught up in the deification of Monica either. Keep your legs closed to married men. The End.

  22. JanetFerber says:

    This is some absolute revisionist bullshit trolling crap. Clinton cheated on his wife. He was NOT more nor less than a philanderer. I think some Trump fans try to make a false equivalence between the two men and that is absolute hogwash. I think this TV project is again trying to dump on the Clintons for the reply to every single crime Trump commits. But what about the Clintons? Let’s focus on THIS well-deserved impeachment going on right now against the WORST PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

  23. Esma K. says:

    As an American actress I get so pissed when American parts go to Brits. It’s like producers and casting directors hear a British accent and lose their minds. There are talented actors in the USA you know. Honestly, it makes me really angry. It happens so often.