Tuesday 22 October 2019

Author denies 'fifty shades of Hillary' plot

Raf Sanchez Washington

IT WAS billed as a racy look at Hillary Clinton in her mid-20s, lingering on her early sex life with husband Bill.

Reports of gratuitous scenes in the bedroom of the most powerful couple in American politics set tongues wagging in Washington and Hollywood.

But yesterday the screenwriter of 'Rodham', a forthcoming film about Mrs Clinton, said it would be an altogether tamer affair.

"I didn't write Fifty Shades of Rodham as some news outlets are suggesting,"

Young Il Kim, the film's Korean-American scriptwriter, said. Due to go into production as Mrs Clinton considers a 2016 run for the presidency, the film will focus on her evolution from a law student with a "hideous pair of Coke-bottle glasses" to a hard-charging political operator.

A leaked early draft obtained by the Daily Beast website describes how the Clintons try to "devour each other" but their tryst is constantly interrupted by a ringing phone. They later talk dirty in-between discussing strategies for impeaching Richard Nixon.

Asked whether the final draft would include sex scenes, Mr Kim said: "It's an evolving process so I don't know. She was an attractive 26-year-old with an amazing future. And that's our thematic focus."

The film is set to be produced by the team behind the 'Twilight' vampire saga. James Ponsoldt, an independent film-maker, is due to direct.

The early draft of the film introduces Hillary Rodham as a law student with an "awful haircut".

It quickly moves to her time as a 26-year-old lawyer on a congressional committee helping to investigate the Watergate scandal that consumed Nixon's presidency.

The same legal procedures she helped to design in 1974 would be used against her husband two decades later as he was impeached following the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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