It was impossible not to think that the famous American producer and director Ryan Murphy would like to develop a series about the sex scandal that nearly cost Bill Clinton the presidency.
Murphy already had productions inspired by high-profile court cases, such as that of former footballer OJ Simpson or the story surrounding the murder of designer Gianni Versace. Both were successful at the time and featured an intense, very thriller-like narrative that left room for an entourage of fans eagerly awaiting another controversial forensic X-ray or gravitating to fame and power.
Now Ryan Murphy has gotten their wish with American Crime Story: Impeachment, which takes up the case of Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinskywho had an affair that rocked political circles in the United States and led to the first political trial of a President of the United States in more than a century, through the eyes of the women who starred in the events: Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp and Paula Jones. The three became the center of public attention during a time of corrosive partisan grudge.an erratic sexual policy and a changing media landscape.
Lewinsky herself decided to be a producer of the seriesvisible on the Star+ streaming platform from June 22, which gives it a hint of greater interest, since it promises a completely new approach.
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Recall that when the president’s romance scandal broke, she was 22 years old and was mercilessly bombarded and assaulted by numerous media outlets and a society terrified of experiencing the greatest political crisis in American history, when a repentant Clinton apologized to the country in 1998 in a televised address from the White House’s map room. The president admitted his mistake, but also asserted a president’s right to privacy.
“Indeed, I had a relationship with Ms. Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was a mistake. It was a very serious error in judgment and personal fault on my part, for which I am totally and solely responsible” were some of the words of his testimony.
Clinton and Lewinsky’s romance began in 1995 and it led to him being impeached in the House of Representatives in December 1998 for perjury and obstruction of justice. for his attempts to conceal his relationship with the young woman, but he was acquitted a year later and was able to continue to rule.
However, in Murphy’s series, Clinton is not the main character, in fact, her interest seems to be more related to the context in which Monica Lewinsky evolved, to the web of intrigue and betrayal that accompanied this experience. “Throughout history, women have been translated and silenced. Now is the time to tell our own stories in our own words,” the person involved in the scandal said ahead of the series premiere.
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The idea was “to ensure that what happened to me never happens to another young woman in our country,” he added in a note published in Vanity Fair.
Actress Beanie Feldstein has the role of Monica in American Crime Story: Impeachment, joined by veteran – and muse of Ryan Murphy – Sarah Paulson, as her friend and confidante Linda Tripp. In addition to a Clive Owen, who puts himself in the shoes of President Bill Clinton.
“When Ryan Murphy called to tell me I had the part, I almost hit the ground, I almost hit the ground. I was in London, at my girlfriend’s flat, and I had to hold on to the oven door handle because I needed to steady myself,” Beanie Feldstein recalled in an interview with Elle.
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“I think Ryan is one of the most remarkable and prolific talents that has ever lived, and his work is so groundbreaking. Then he asked me to be an executive producer as well (…). Their shows speak for themselves in their artistry, their creativity, the way they push social boundariesit shocked and marked me,” added the protagonist. Feldstein is remembered for shows like The Humans, Grey’s Anatomy and What We Do In The Shadows, as well as for the films Lady Bird and How to Build a Girl. .
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