“American Made,” a new movie starring Tom Cruise, hits theaters across the fruited plain today. The original title of the flick was “Mena,” the name of the Arkansas town that supposedly had a clandestine airfield that was utilized to smuggle guns and drugs to and from Latin America during the time Bill Clinton was governor. According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, the film “was poised to be the rare movie that could unite those on either side of the political divide. After all, it's based on the one conspiracy theory that implicates both Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush in a massive operation that involved cocaine smuggling, money laundering and illegal arms exporting.”
The original script, written by Gary Spinelli, contained a scene showing the then Governor Clinton getting a lap dance at an Arkansas strip club. The Reporter article says that was “the moment when the movie's real-life protagonist Barry Seal, played by Tom Cruise, hatches an idea to enlist Clinton, who was then governor of Arkansas, in the CIA-backed scheme.” It then states, in the very next sentence: “The scene was nixed from the Gary Spinelli-penned script because the producer and financier, Cross Creek Pictures, wanted to keep the film from being political, according to sources.”
Apparently, portraying two former presidents as involved in a clandestine plot to launder money and smuggle drugs and guns between Latin America and the United States isn’t political but showing one of them getting a lap dance is?
We’ve all been needlessly cheated out of some potentially fantastic dialogue. I can almost hear then Governor Clinton talking to his dancer: “Oh, baby, this is the best movement I’ve ever been behind, I’ll tell you that right now! If you know what I mean, sweet cheeks, heh, heh! That’s right, the Back Sides Matter Movement is a movement I can get behind all day long, darlin,’ and I mean that!”