“Being from the South and Hollywood, we’re suckers for adversity,” said Harry Thomason while introducing the L.A. premiere of “The Hunting of the President.” He was referring to the travails endured by him and his wife Linda Bloodworth-Thomason during the Clinton legal wars.
But adversity seemed an apt word for the evening. So many people showed up to see the doc about the right-wing campaign to oust Bill Clinton that bedlam erupted outside the Regent in Westwood when preemgoers were turned away. So many people packed into the theater, even sitting in the aisles, that the air-conditioning couldn’t keep up.
But as narrator Morgan Freeman said later at the Palomino afterparty, the attacks on Clinton were so underhanded that he “would do anything to help him.”
Also attending were Nickolas Perry, who co-directed the doc with Thomason; Gene Lyons, who co-wrote the book it’s based on with Joe Conason; distrib Regent execs Paul Colichman, Stephen Jarchow and John Lambert; plus musician Susanna Hoffs.