May 12th, 2010
03:52 PM ET

Dennis Quaid eats lots of McDonald's to look like a former prez!

When you think of people who resemble former President Bill Clinton, I bet actor Dennis Quaid doesn't come to mind. But what if he packed on 35 pounds, shaved his eyebrows and wore a silver-gray wig? Could you then picture him looking like former President Clinton? That's exactly what you'll see in the upcoming HBO movie "The Special Relationship." Quaid transforms completely with southern drawl and mannerisms down pat. He also consumes lots of junk food in the movie.

"I used a wig and shaved off my eyebrows because Clinton doesn't hardly have any eyebrows," said Quaid. "I also gained 35 pounds by eating McDonald's like Clinton. I ate a lot of Happy Meals, and I loved those 10 piece Chicken McNuggets."

"The Special Relationship," which airs on HBO May 29th, details the political rise of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen) his relationship with then president Bill Clinton and what happened behind closed doors as both men dealt with problems in their respective countries and personal lives.

While Quaid has never played Bill Clinton before, Sheen is no stranger to his current role. In fact, he has played Tony Blair three times, first in "The Deal", then "The Queen" and now in "The Special Relationship." Screenwriter Peter Morgan wrote the three films and worked with Sheen on all of them. You might think Sheen is an old pro in the role of Blair and needs very little prep, but it's quite the opposite. "I do more research to play Blair now than ever because I can't take it for granted," said Sheen. "It's because all of the other films where I played Blair, were about different times in his life."

Although "The Special Relationship" refers primarily to Blair and Clinton, the relationships both men had with their wives often seem more important. Some of the most compelling parts of the television movie are the  private conversations between Bill and Hillary Clinton and when Tony and Cherie Blair confide in one another. I guess behind every strong man is a stronger woman!


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  1. Skip

    Mmmm. just had a 10 piece meal from Mcdonlads. and while on the way there, ran over a few chickens too. had to back up run them over again just to make sure they were dead. dont want the little guys to suffer. 🙂

    November 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alex

    :shrugs: freedom of speech folks. nice way to act like children and attack the bearer of bad news. good luck in your narrow minded, sheltered, entertainment driven world ignoring the underlying issues of it.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bigbill427

    Alex, Go cut off your nuggets..

    May 13, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. hatesEVERYONE

    Alex – W T F does McDonalds chicken prep have to do with this story?

    May 13, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. alex

    awesome that you went so all out to play clinton. maybe pic another prestaurant next time tho? mcdonalds treats the chickens that they use in those 10 piece mcnuggets inhumanely when it is time to slaughter them. true the whole thing is inhumane, keeping them locked in little cages and not seeing the sun or getting fresh air, but other restaurant chains gas them so as not to cause undue harm when they slaughter them mcdonalds does not and sometimes does not kill them before divesting them of beaks and such. so PLEASE get fat on another fast food chain.

    May 13, 2010 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ellen

    Betcha Dennis had no problem portraying Clinton since he himself is a serial cheater just like him. However, they should never has asked him for this role, hes not a good enough actor for it. Guess they could not get a better one.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. lauratj

    Looking forward to the HBO special. Dennis Quaid has alot of class & is a surperb actor

    May 12, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. debra

    Dennis I love your acting...play Clinton with warts and all...

    May 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |

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