Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Hail to the Chiefs

Hail to the Chiefs. Entertainment Weekly has this article on Presidents from fictional TV series and movies.

The article begins, "The next presidential election is more than two years away, but a couple of fictional contenders are vying for your vote this month. One, Commander in Chief's Mackenzie Allen (Geena Davis), would seem to have the advantage of incumbency; her show returns to ABC on April 13 after a long hiatus. But while Big Mac can resolve geopolitical crises, outmaneuver political rivals, make the First Husband feel useful, and still find time to tuck her kids into bed, she has a hard time getting people to take her seriously — including Nielsen voters. Meanwhile, the big screen will introduce President Staton (Dennis Quaid) in American Dreamz (opens April 21). He's an isolated, out-of-touch, folksy president (sound like anyone you know?) who aims to boost his sagging popularity by appearing as a guest judge on an American Idol-like show. But can he get ticket buyers to support political satire, a genre that usually gets voted down at the box office? And how will history judge these presidents? Visit EW.com's Hall of Presidents on the pages that follow, and see if these chief executives measure up to our favorite fictional presidents from TV and movies."

My favorite president on this list is Laura Roslin (played by Mary McDonnell) from Battlestar Galactica. She is a great character! However, she is the only one on this list who is not being portrayed as the President of the United States. Sorry, the Colonial government does not count. Of those pretending to be the POTUS, my favorite on this list is Kevin Kline playing Bill Mitchell/Dave Kovic in Dave.

I wonder how many actors/actresses have actual played fictional American Presidents on stage, TV, or in the movies?

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