Actress: Clinton’s voice ‘hard to imitate’

Thumbnail from Arts Beat blog, New York Times, Aug. 27, 2009, Steve Forrest Actress Hope Davis, who’ll be playing Hillary Clinton in the forthcoming film The Special Relationship, has a makeup team that is doing a surprisingly good job at making her look like the former first lady (the movie takes place from the mid-1990s ...

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Actress Hope Davis, who'll be playing Hillary Clinton in the forthcoming film The Special Relationship, has a makeup team that is doing a surprisingly good job at making her look like the former first lady (the movie takes place from the mid-1990s to 2000). Davis told the New York Times that she uses wigs, false teeth, and pantsuits made "exactly to spec" to transform herself into a Clinton look-alike.

The hard part, though, is Clinton's accent. Davis told the Times, "Her accent has changed a bit over the years. In 1992, when she became first lady, she had quite a bit of Arkansas still in her speech from her 13 years there. That’s really gone now. So her accent has kind of shifted over time but she’s lived in very different places. So that became tricky."

Check out the thumbnail image above from the Times. She really does look like Clinton!

Thumbnail from Arts Beat blog, New York Times, Aug. 27, 2009, Steve Forrest

Thumbnail from Arts Beat blog, New York Times, Aug. 27, 2009, Steve Forrest
Actress Hope Davis, who’ll be playing Hillary Clinton in the forthcoming film The Special Relationship, has a makeup team that is doing a surprisingly good job at making her look like the former first lady (the movie takes place from the mid-1990s to 2000). Davis told the New York Times that she uses wigs, false teeth, and pantsuits made “exactly to spec” to transform herself into a Clinton look-alike.

The hard part, though, is Clinton’s accent. Davis told the Times, “Her accent has changed a bit over the years. In 1992, when she became first lady, she had quite a bit of Arkansas still in her speech from her 13 years there. That’s really gone now. So her accent has kind of shifted over time but she’s lived in very different places. So that became tricky.”

Check out the thumbnail image above from the Times. She really does look like Clinton!

Photo: Thumbnail from New York Times, Steve Forrest for The New York Times

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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