Over the past two weeks, the Republican and Democratic parties have held their national conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia, where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were officially named as each party’s candidate for President. On Tuesday night, Hillary’s husband and former President Bill Clinton gave his speech at the convention, where he mentioned that during a particularly troubling time in his Presidency, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, he took a few days off with his daughter Chelsea Clinton, where they watched all six Police Academy movies. While this admission came as quite a surprise to most political pundits, Police Academy star Steve Guttenberg said he had heard the story before. Here’s part of Bill Clinton’s Tuesday night speech where he mentions Police Academy.
“Truth is, we rarely disagreed on parenting, although she did believe that I had gone a little over the top when I took a couple of days off with Chelsea to watch all six Police Academy movies back to back.”
Deadline caught up with Steve Guttenberg, who revealed that President Clinton told him this story when they met in person several years ago. While he wouldn’t say exactly when this Police Academy marathon took place, it’s clear that it was at some point during the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. Here’s what Steve Guttenberg had to say about his interactions with President Clinton.
“It was a fun, meaningful story about the fun side of parenting. But I actually saw him a few years ago, and another reason that story rang so true is that he was telling the truth… We were talking, and he was saying he was having a couple of days that were challenging. And I knew what it was about at the time, it was in the papers. And he told me ‘I gotta tell you, I sat down with Chelsea and I watched all six Police Academy movies.’ It was such a delightful surprise to me, but I couldn’t help but think to myself, ‘you’ve got the most important job on the planet, and you’re taking time out to watch Police Academy?’ But years later I’ve come to understand it’s very important when you’re driving at 100 miles an hour to pull over and refuel and oil up the gears. It really moved me to know that with such an important job, he still was mindful of how important that it. I think that’s a requisite quality in a great person.”
The actor added that he tries to apply that story to his own life, adding how important recreational time is to one’s career. Steve Guttenberg starred in the first four Police Academy movies, the original Police Academy (1984), Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985), Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986) and Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol (1987). The series continued with Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach (1988) and Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994).
Key & Peele stars Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele are currently developing a Police Academy reboot, alongside original Police Academy producer Paul Maslansky. Keegan Michael Key revealed in an interview from earlier this year that their take on the project is inspired by director David Ayer’s gritty cop thriller End of Watch and also by the original 1970s movie M*A*S*H*, which spawned the beloved sitcom. Steve Guttenberg most recently starred in Lavalantula 2, where he reunites with several of his Poilce Academy co-stars, and he will be seen in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, which debuts Sunday, July 31 on Syfy.