James Ponsoldt's Hillary Clinton biopic, Rodham, is still in the early stages of development, so it hasn't received a ton of attention yet - per its IMDb page, no roles have even been cast at this point. But thanks to The Daily Beast, we now have a handful of reasons to definitely pay some attention to this project: The site got its hands on a copy of the script, and in short, it's kind of amazing.
The film is set to follow Hillary's early career, while she was working as a lawyer for the House impeachment inquiry staff during the height of the Watergate Scandal. It also focuses on the early stages of her relationship with Bill Clinton - who, in the script, "is described as a 'Viking' with a 'full mane' and 'six-inch beard.'" Sure.
Hillary, on the other hand, is described as "a blonde with an 'awful haircut' whose face is obscured by a 'hideous pair of Coke-bottle glasses' and who is, in totality, 'the valedictorian of the look-like-shit school of feminism.'"
Some of the best bits, as published by The Daily Beast:
While flirting with a giggling waitress, Bill mentions how the watermelons of Hope, Arkansas, are the “firmest, juiciest melons” he’s ever seen (a friend of Bill’s, Terry Kirkpatrick, later tells Hillary that this is his go-to pickup line). Bill casually proposes to Hillary as the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew plays in the background. Hillary questions why a woman—in this case, Pat Nixon—can’t be president. This is the first of many references by various characters to Hillary’s dream of being president.
And let's not overlook Bill and Hillary's steamy love scene:
Hillary and Bill go back to her apartment and “devour each other,” as Bill presses Hillary against the wall, tears off her blouse, and “buries his head into her cleavage.” Their tryst, however, is broken up several times by messages playing from the answering machine and never comes to fruition. Later on, Hillary complains about her sex life with Bill to two friends, claiming Bill is just using her for her D.C. apartment. When asked if the two have sex, she replies, “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘sex’ means.”
And, of course:
Hillary and the impeachment-inquiry staff don’t have enough evidence to impeach Nixon, but Bill gives Hillary some advice, telling her to subpoena the recordings from the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Hillary is so elated, she tells Bill, “I fuckin’ love you. I mean that. I love you, and I want to fuck you.” (In the script, Hillary often says “motherfuckin’,” much to Bill’s delight.)
It's full of fun facts as well:
It’s later revealed before the credits that President Bill Clinton was impeached “using the procedure developed by Hillary Rodham in 1974.”
There is also a line about how Hillary flirts with Republican William Weld, because she thinks he "resembles Ryan O’Neal in Love Story." The '70s, ey?
The script was written by Young Il Kim, and it placed fourth on the 2012 Black List. We can see why.
[via The Daily Beast]