[Ed. – If you read down far enough, you come to the button-pushing warmonger Greg Stillson, from the movie “The Dead Zone.” Does the author really believe Donald Trump is worse?]
“Anyone can be president” is one of the taglines for Robert Altman’s film, “Secret Honor,” about Richard Nixon. And that sentiment certainly seems to be true with the current administration. So in honor of Presidents’ Day, here are fictional cinematic presidents, ranging from comedic to dramatic to downright sinister, that we would rather see in office.
1. Dave Kovic in “Dave”
Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline) works part-time as a presidential impersonator. When POTUS Bill Mitchell (Kline) falls into a coma (during an extramarital assignation with a staffer), his power-hungry chief of staff, Bob Alexander (Frank Langella), asks Dave to pose as the commander-in-chief to prevent both the potential sex scandal and the VP, Gary Nance (Ben Kingsley), from assuming office. Of course, acting as president Dave is less inclined to serve Alexander’s needs, and instead serves the people….
2. President Merkin Muffley in “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”
Stanley Kubrick’s blistering black comedy about politics and the Cold War has General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) starting a nuclear war with Russia without President Merkin Muffley’s (Peter Sellers) knowledge or authorization. Oops!….
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