Casting Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh's nomination process is perfect for an HBO special. Here's who we want in it...

click to enlarge Supreme Court Justice Bradley Coo — er, Brett Kavanaugh.
Supreme Court Justice Bradley Coo — er, Brett Kavanaugh.

HBO is good at taking modern political episodes and turning them into popcorn-ready two-hour dramadies; see Recount about the 2000 Bush/Gore election, or Game Change about Sarah Palin's vice-presidential run, for primo examples.

The current fight over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh seems ready-made for the HBO treatment, given that everyone involved, including the viewing public, has never seen a confirmation process quite so contentious or slimy — and that's saying something considering the Clarence Thomas hearing (tackled by HBO in Confirmation) involved a lot of talk about pornography and pubic hair.

Since the HBO movies inevitably cast pretty good (and ridiculously good-looking) actors, I have a few suggestions for the seemingly inevitable Kavanaugh: The Movie.

Bradley Cooper as Brett Kavanaugh

Given what we've learned about Kavanaugh's propensity for climbing the workplace ladder, lying with a straight face and alleged prep-school creepiness, Cooper could handle the job. Consider Cooper's role in Wedding Crashers as a template for his Kavanaugh.

Cardi B as Sen. Kamala Harris

The California senator (and potential Democratic candidate for president) is becoming a star on the national stage thanks in part to her pointed questioning of Kavanaugh. Cardi B seems bound for acting eventually, and playing a buzz-y up-and-comer who loves the spotlight is a natural first role.

Sterling K. Brown as Sen. Cory Booker

The Democratic New Jersey senator loves the spotlight, and might be using the Kavanaugh hearings to propel him into a presidential run. In new flick The Predator and on This Is Us, Brown can chew scenery with the best of them. And thanks to his Emmy-winning role in The People vs. O.J. Simpson, he's already experienced in reality-inspired courtroom drama.

Robert Redford as Sen. Orrin Hatch

The liberal Redford would probably relish the chance to do a campy version of his home-state senator, the doddering old GOP apologist Hatch from Utah.

Tim Blake Nelson as Sen. Chuck Grassley

Does anyone play an "aw shucks" rube better than Tim Blake Nelson? I think not.

And Donald Trump, the man who nominated Kavanaugh, will be played by ...

I've had enough of Alec Baldwin as Trump. How about Martin Sheen? He's already played a president to great effect in The West Wing, and while the lefty activist is certainly no fan of Trump, I'm sure a spray tan and good hair stylist would have him transformed into the Donald in no time. ♦

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Dan Nailen

Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine and The Oregonian. He grew up across the country in an Air Force family and studied at...