Warren Beatty’s Next Role


Warren Beatty has already starred in Ishtar, so how big of a bomb could a lousy presidential campaign actually be?

The 62-year-old actor, now reportedly considering a 2000 race, appears a marked improvement over the standard White House aspirant. First, the guy has kissed and never told, a welcome relief from the hot-sheets-motel feel of Clinton and Gingrich. Second, Beatty has impeccable taste: Julie Christie and Annette Bening vs. Paula Jones and Gennifer Flowers? You do the math. And, to boot, none of his former girlfriends— a veritable Rainbow Coalition of blonds, brunets, and redheads— has a bad thing to say about her former loverman. Warren, you see, was tantric before tantric was cool.

And speaking of positions, fashioning a campaign platform is a breeze compared to getting a project greenlighted in Hollywood. Heck, Bulworth probably went through five rewrites and a few script doctors. So, with a little political direction from Pat Caddell, the role of candidate isn’t much of a stretch for the limber Beatty. And, if Warren senses that his campaign is headed for the turnaround pile, he can always drop out, citing “artistic differences” or “scheduling conflicts.”

But Beatty’s a closer, not a quitter. If things don’t work out, he can slap one of those “Alan Smithee” credits on the campaign and act as if it never happened.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 17, 1999

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