Making out with Bill, an office flirtation and singing ‘you’re so vain to the mirror’: New film to reveal softer side of Hillary Rodham Clinton in her 20s
She may be going through personal dramas all of her own, but Hillary Clinton’s early life could soon be appearing on the Silver Screen.
A script about the Secretary of State in her 20s and how she chose her husband over her career has become the talk of Hollywood.
The husband in question is future President Bill Clinton, and her job was as the youngest member of the House Judiciary Committee trying to impeach President Nixon.
In one scene the young Mrs Clinton – who was released from hospital yesterday over a blood clot on her brain – is shown kissing her husband in their apartment.
A Yale Law school graduate, Mrs Clinton, 65, was viewed as having a bright career in politics or as a lawyer until she met Mr Clinton, 66.
It was in 1974 that she faced one of the most significant choices of her career – remain in Washington or go with him to Arkansas where he was trying to become governor.
When she failed the District of Columbia bar exam and passed the test for Arkansas, she made her choice and stood by her man.
Mrs Clinton later wrote: ‘I chose to follow my heart instead of my head.’
There is also supposedly ‘office flirtation’ between her and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, who worked on the impeachment committee.
In another part designed to show off her sense of humor, Mrs Clinton is even seen applying makeup as she sings the Carly Simon hit: ‘You’re so vain.’
The script has been written by South-Korean born newcomer Young Il Kim who is being represented by United Talent Agency, one of the biggest such organizations in the world.
Last month it was ranked no.4 on the Hollywood’s Black List, an annual poll of film industry insiders about their favorite scripts. Movies like ‘The Social Network’ and ‘Juno’ have previously got high ranks.
Ambitious: Hillary Clinton, in college in 1969, has said that she was faced with a decision to follow Bill Clinton down to Arkansas or stay in Washington. ‘I chose to follow my heart instead of my head,’ she has said
Speaking to Politico, Mr Kim said he was inspired by ‘incredible irony’ that Mrs Clinton worked on the same impeachment process that would eventually be used against her husband.
He said: ‘But it’s also really a journey of a woman who was torn between her personal desires and her professional ambition – both literally pulled her thousands of miles apart, because Bill did not want to leave Arkansas, and she did not want to leave Washington, D.C.’
He added: ‘I’ve always seen her (Mrs Clinton) in the public light and formal and buttoned-down, and here she is making out with Bill and graduating college and trying to find a job.
‘It’s them starting off and meeting and falling in love and facing all the challenges and struggles that everybody else does.’
Mr Kim, 39, a former venture capitalist who quit after the 9/11 attacks to pursue screenwriting, said he wrote the script after seeing the picture of Mrs Clinton in the Situation Room with President Obama as they watched the raid to kill Osama bin Laden in May 2011.
He said: ‘That photo … made me remember another photo.
‘There was this photo of Hillary when she was in her 20s with coke-bottle glasses and long, hippie hair.
‘And it was those two images that really made me realize that this would be a great way into this story just to focus on a moment in her life when she’s in her 20s, and she doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life.’
If the film was to go ahead then casting would become the next major issue. There has been talk of a Clinton biopic before and Mr Clinton said he wanted actress Meryl Streep to play his wife.
However given that it would be about Mrs Clinton in her 20s a much younger actress would have to play the part.
Mr Kim told Politico that it took him just four months to write the script having read dozens of books on the Clintons.
Richard Arlook, Mr Kim’s manager, passed the script on and the screenwriter is now being repped by Jenny Maryasis, who helped discover Girls writer Lena Dunham, and Barbara Dreyfus.
Also involved is Temple Hill Entertainment, which is behind the ‘Twilight’ Series.
Mr Arlook told Politico that the next stage for the film is to get funding.