Life Imitated Art in 'Wag the Dog'
Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:41PM
W. R. in 1998, Barry Levinson, Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, Pictures, Wag the Dog

If you've recently watched Barry Levinson's famed political satire "Wag the Dog, you may notice how the scandal depicted in the film appears to spoof the real-life scandal that enveloped the Clinton White House in the late 90s.

There's no question that the young girl who accuses the fictionalized President of sexual harassment in the film bears a striking resemblance to Monica Lewinsky, beret and all. Even the composure of the shot resembed the angle of the famous 'hug' shot, below.

Yet the parallels were purely coincidental, as Barry Levinson later confirmed. "Wag the Dog" was released on December 17, 1997, one month before the Lewinsky scandal broke on The Drudge Report on January 17, 1998.

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