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8 Things We Learned from Harvey Weinstein's Conversation with Bill Clinton

Harvey Weinstein sitting in for Piers Morgan with Bill Clinton.
Perhaps Harvey Weinstein has a new career on his hands.  Last Friday, the Weinstein Company movie mogul, who has a streak for being a bit of a bully within the business, was eloquent and quite friendly sitting in for CNN's Piers Morgan as he interviewed his friend, former President Bill Clinton.

The interview has been gaining some nervous attention from political commentators, because of the former President's comments on the strengths of Romney as a candidate, noting that some people are persuaded by the kind of business success Romney had at Bain Capital.  (Exhibit A; Exhibit B)

1.  The two films Clinton could watch over and over again?  "High Noon" and "Casablanca."

2. Prompted by a question from Weinstein, said that despite having seen "High Noon" about 25 to 30 times over his life (the first being at age six), he had to read about the history of the film to realize that the film had an anti-McCarthy message.

3.  In the movie of his life, Clinton said that Brad Pitt is too attractive to play him but George Clooney is great (Clinton loved "that movie set in Hawaii" ("The Descendants")).  After Weinstein noted that Clooney, too, has nothing to complain about in the looks department, Clinton argued that Clooney was better because the former President and the actor and supporter are about the same height.

4. Who should play Hillary?  That was easy:  Meryl Streep.

5.  After stunning a roomful of Republicans in Aspen, Colorado a few years back, Clinton joined Weinstein for burgers, fries and shakes…

6. But now that would be impossible; Clinton is proud of his vegan lifestyle, which he's had to adopt after two major incidents with his heart.

7. Clinton predicted that, despite his low approval ratings especially after the last Jobs Report, President Obama will win the general election by 5 or 6 percentage points.

8. Clinton agrees with New York Mayor Bloomberg's plan to ban super-sized sugary beverages at fast food restaurants, noting the rise in Type II Diabetes and other health problems.

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