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Acting Presidential

So marypcb and I were wondering, in the spirit of a hotel that appears to have come straight out of the movies: who would be the better US president: Harrison Ford in "Airforce One" or Martin Sheen in "The West Wing"...

Which, of course, led to this poll:

Poll #487654 Acting presidential

So, which actor would make the best US President (seeing as they've all actually played one)

Martin Sheen
21(47.7%)
Michael Douglas
1(2.3%)
Harrison Ford
6(13.6%)
Kevin Kline
5(11.4%)
Bill Paxton
3(6.8%)
Jack Nicholson
3(6.8%)
Billy Bob Thornton
1(2.3%)
Other
4(9.1%)

Any others? (Don't forget to name the movie)

Comments

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bibliofile
May. 4th, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
You forgot Dennis Haysbert from "24"! They haven't even killed him off, yet.

(Spoiler in white, there.)
perlmonger
May. 4th, 2005 10:59 am (UTC)
...though Jack "why can't we all just get along?" Nicholson is tempting, if only because he gets impeached with extreme prejudice in such an attractive way.
del_c
May. 4th, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
Does it have to be a fictional president? I assume Nicholson is in that list for Nixon; if so, then Robert Duvall played Eisenhower.

(oops, no, I'm reminded by perlmonger's comment that he was also in Mars Attacks!)

Peter Sellers was President Merkin Muffley in Dr. Strangelove.

Sam Rockwell is currently on the screen playing President Beeblebrox with a Texan twang :-)
the_gardener
May. 4th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
I assume Nicholson is in that list for Nixon

If you're thinking of Oliver Stone's film, the title role was played by Anthony Hopkins (who completely failed to convince because he didn't look remotely like Tricky Dicky!).
del_c
May. 4th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
I was sure I'd seen a still of Nicholson as Richard Nixon, but I now think I had a brain fart and misremembered the publicity stills of him as Jimmy Hoffa:

He could be Nixon, though, don't you think?


ffutures
May. 4th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thing is that Sheen appears to have more or less the views his character expresses, which gives him a lot more credibility in the role than most of the others.
razorsmile
May. 5th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC)
You forgot Dennis Haysbert from "24"! They haven't even killed him off, yet.

(Spoiler in white, there.)


Damn, you beat me to it.
bopeepsheep
May. 5th, 2005 07:30 am (UTC)
Martin Sheen cannot possibly do it! Did Johnny Smith die in vain? Have you all forgotten about Greg Stillson? C'mon, the man nearly blew up the world...
nalsa
May. 5th, 2005 09:15 am (UTC)
Um, when was Bill Paxton PotUS? I don't remember him playing it, but I have a terrible memory for film...
hooloovoo_42
May. 5th, 2005 10:53 am (UTC)
Independence Day
nalsa
May. 5th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
Ah. That would be Bill Pullman, then? Bill Paxton was the bloke who got sick in Apollo 13.
sbisson
May. 5th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
Doh! My bad.
hooloovoo_42
May. 5th, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)
Not fair. Apart from Martin Sheen, we've only had a couple of hours to make our minds up. At least Mr Sheen doesn't call his adorable female offspring "Button", or "Pumpkin" or any of those other irritating names that USian fathers foist on their daughters.
sqferryman
May. 17th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
Peter Sellers in "Being There". (I realise he didn't get elected in the film but at the end he was being set up for the job).

And then there was Philip baker Hall as Tricky Dicky in "Secret Honor".

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