Clive Owen walks the red carpet at the LA premiere of Impeachment: American Crime Story… as actor plays former president Bill Clinton in miniseries
Clive Owen looked smart as he walked the red carpet in West Hollywood, California, Wednesday night at the premiere of Impeachment: American Crime Story at the Pacific Design Center.
The English actor, 56, who plays former President Bill Clinton in the FX miniseries, wore a dark blue checked suit with a light blue shirt and dark blue tie.
The Academy Award-nominated actor had his brown locks combed neatly at the debut of the latest Ryan Murphy project, a new take on Clinton’s 1998 impeachment amid his sexual interactions with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Latest: Clive Owen, 56, looked neat as he walked the red carpet in West Hollywood, California, Wednesday night at the premiere of Impeachment: American Crime Story at the Pacific Design Center
Clinton infamously said he “had no sexual relations with that woman” regarding Lewinsky, leading to impeachment by the House of Representatives until he was approved by the Senate.
Owen said last month: Vanity Fair that he was surprised when executive producers Murphy and Brad Simpson landed him the presidential role.
‘To be honest, I said to them, ‘Why are you coming to me?’ he said. ‘One: I’m English. And two: I don’t really look like him.’
Simpson told the outlet that casting the role of the 42nd Commander in Chief is “one of the show’s biggest casting challenges,” as “Clinton is one of the most recognized men in the world and has a distinct look and voice.”
Hail to the chief: the English actor plays former president Bill Clinton in the FX miniseries
The Oscar nominee wore a dark blue checked suit with a light blue shirt and dark blue tie
Owen said last month that he was surprised when executive producers Murphy and Brad Simpson landed him the presidential role.
Simpson continued, “We had to find someone who could summon that, without just doing an imitation,” he said. Clive has this amazing physicality – tall with big hands and an intense presence. You feel it when he enters a room. His eyes are vibrant, just like Clinton’s, and you can see tremendous depth behind them too.
“With Clive, you feel there are layers and layers behind what he says or does in a scene.”
Owen told the outlet of Murphy’s vision for the show: “He was very clear that they would look very specifically at the way the women were treated. In fact it is a period piece because it is so long ago.
“If you look at it from a modern perspective — and actually reenact the story and see how everyone was treated — everyone would say Monica Lewinsky was treated pretty horribly.”
The actor smiled as he entered the screening
The actor walked confidently to the Southern California premiere
The show’s ensemble cast includes Beanie Feldstein in the role of Lewinsky; Sarah Paulson as former Lewinsky confidante Linda Tripp; Edie Falco as then-First Lady Hillary Clinton; Billy Eichner as journalist Matt Drudge; Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones, who had sued Clinton for sexual harassment; and Betty Gilpin as media expert Ann Coulter.
Lewinsky is a miniseries producer based on Jeffrey Toobin’s 1999 book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Almost Brought Down a President.
The miniseries in Murphy’s latest American Crime Story featuring a major 90s news story such as The People vs. OJ Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Impeachment: American Crime Story airs September 7 on FX.