May 10, 2008
This Sunday, HBO is showing Recount, a docudrama about the hijacking of the presidency in 2000. Laura Dern plays Congresswoman Ring-a-Ding Ding:
Director Jay Roach (previously known for Meet the Parents and Austin Powers films) says Democrats who hear about the film “always” ask him, “Can’t you change the ending?”
Despite his prankish film background, he says Recount is “not a comedy at all” and does not feature any new catch-phrases such as “yeah, baby, yeah.”
As far as he knows, Al Gore has not seen the film yet but one of the key characters, Ron Klain, a lawyer for the Democrats has, and he “likes it,” even though it’s “kind of painful for the real people to relive it,” Roach observes.
Deborah Solomon, the interviewer, claims that the film is “very fair, except, perhaps” in its casting. The Dems are more appealing than the Republicans, she asserts, but Roach challenges her by saying that Tom Wilkinson, who plays James Baker, “is a very handsome man.”
Laura Dern gets the plum part – playing Florida “decider” Katherine Harris, smothered in makeup. Roach explains: “There was a rumor that someone told Harris that when you’re on TV, your makeup washes out so don’t be shy with those eyelashes and with that lip color.”
It ain’t just Democrats who wish the Crime of the New Century had been foiled, but that’s all blood under the bridge now — Iraqi blood, to be precise. Nevertheless, we at The Opinion Mill hope that future Republican sleazeballs can approximate the whole Joan Collins in Dynasty thing that Congresswoman Ring-a-Ding Ding worked so well.