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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

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?