In the wake of Clinton's acquittal, 'NewsRadio' star Dave Foley gets political

By Josh Wolk
Updated February 17, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST
Alan Levenson

Hillary Clinton isn’t the only one breathing easier now that her husband’s off the hook. “NewsRadio” star Dave Foley may be Canadian, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting worked up about the entire impeachment process. “I think it’s one of the most cynical displays of political corruption I’ve ever seen on the part of the Republican party,” says Foley, who’s currently costarring with Alicia Silverstone in “Blast From the Past.” “I certainly don’t think any of the people I’ve heard speaking with great indignation about the moral questions involved are sincere at all. I can’t believe it’s anything but opportunism.”

Foley will be taking some potshots at the Republican party in his new film, “Dick” (opening July 9). In this snarky take on the downfall of Richard Nixon, Foley plays Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman. “The movie sticks very close to the facts of Watergate, except it reveals that Deep Throat is actually two teenage girls who were hired to be Nixon’s dog walkers,” says the 36-year-old Foley. “They overhear a bunch of things they don’t really understand, but when they get mad at Nixon they start spilling it all to Woodward and Bernstein.”

Foley admits he’s still holding a grudge against Tricky Dick. “I think now that we’re far away from Watergate, people are ceasing to see the evil in it, so I think this is a fun way to remind people of who Nixon was, since in his absence he’s been redeemed. It’s good just to remind people that what he did was really bad, as compared to some of the things today (regarding Clinton) that aren’t really bad.”