Saturday 23 March 2024

‘F*** You, Bill Clinton’: Gwyneth Paltrow Recalls Former President Falling Asleep During ‘Emma’ Screening In 1996

 Actress Gwyneth Paltrow confirmed a rumor about former president Bill Clinton falling asleep — and snoring — at the premiere of her period comedy film, “Emma” back in 1996.

The 51-year-old actress said the rumor was true during a recent appearance on the “Hot Ones” YouTube talk show where celebrity guests answer questions while consuming spicy chicken wings, per The Independent.

Host Sean Evans asked Paltrow if the story about Clinton was factual. She replied, “True – he was snoring right in front of me.”

Paltrow quipped, “I was like, ‘Wow, I guess this is going to be a real hit movie.’ But it was! So f*** you, Bill Clinton!”

Despite the former president’s reaction, “Emma,” based on the 1815 novel of the same name by Jane Austen, was a commercial success. It earned nearly $40 million worldwide after being made on an $8 million budget.

“Emma” has an 84% critics rating and 76% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Paltrow was praised for her performance, with reviewer Ken Eisner from Variety writing at the time, “Gwyneth Paltrow shines brightly as Jane Austen’s most endearing character, the disastrously self-assured matchmaker Emma Woodhouse. A fine cast, speedy pacing and playful direction make this a solid contender for the Austen sweepstakes.”

The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Costume Design and Best Original Musical or Comedy Score, taking home the golden statue for the latter.

During the same interview, the “Avengers: Endgame” actress also shared some of her thoughts on the superhero movie genre.


“But I think, if I look at the industry as a whole, there’s this sort of big push into superhero movies,” she said.

“I mean, you can only make so many good ones that feel truly original and yet there’s still, you know, always trying to reach as many people as possible, which sometimes hinders quality or specificity or real point of view,” Paltrow added. 

This led her to reminiscing about lower-budget films she did earlier in her career, which would include projects like “Emma.” 

“I sometimes lament the fact — like, I look back at some of the movies I made in the ’90s, and think that just wouldn’t get made now,” Paltrow said.

“I do think that you do get more diversity of art when there’s less at stake, and people can sort of express their true voice and make a film the way they want to make it,” she continued. “And then I think those are generally the more resonant ones.”

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