March 18, 2013

15 Movie Presidents We Wish Were Real

Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln) and Anthony Hopkins as Richard Nixon (Nixon) get all of the critical acclaim, but fake presidents, like Aaron Eckhart as President Benjamin Asher in this week's Olympus Has Fallen, exemplify ideals just as meaningful. Here are fifteen fake presidents we wish were real, even if only for a First 100 Days.

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Tommy "Tiny" Lister as President Lindberg in The Fifth Element (1997)
President Lindberg will give you twenty goddamn seconds to make your case about why you shouldn't open fire immediately on mysterious civilizations.
Tommy "Tiny" Lister as President Lindberg in The Fifth Element (1997)

President Lindberg will give you twenty goddamn seconds to make your case about why you shouldn't open fire immediately on mysterious civilizations.
Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day (1996)
Pullman plays President Thomas J. Whitmore, who also was a fighter pilot. And a family man. He also has one of, if not the most, Presidential name on this list. In a movie full of cheese ball quotes, he had one of the most memorable lines, delivering this burn to James Rebhorn: "The only mistake I ever made was to appoint a sniveling little weasel like you Secretary of Defense. However, that is a mistake, I am happy to say, that I don't have to live with. Mr. Nimzicki... you're fired."
Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day (1996)

Pullman plays President Thomas J. Whitmore, who also was a fighter pilot. And a family man. He also has one of, if not the most, Presidential name on this list. In a movie full of cheese ball quotes, he had one of the most memorable lines, delivering this burn to James Rebhorn: "The only mistake I ever made was to appoint a sniveling little weasel like you Secretary of Defense. However, that is a mistake, I am happy to say, that I don't have to live with. Mr. Nimzicki... you're fired."
Chris Rock as presidential candidate and eventual President Mays Gilliam in Head of State (2003)
This Chris Rock vehicle (he wrote, directed and starred in it) has Rock's Mays Gilliam as a D.C. alderman until disaster strikes and he's plucked from the party pool. "If you work two jobs, and at the end of the week you got just enough money to get your broke ass home -- That ain't right!"
Chris Rock as presidential candidate and eventual President Mays Gilliam in Head of State (2003)

This Chris Rock vehicle (he wrote, directed and starred in it) has Rock's Mays Gilliam as a D.C. alderman until disaster strikes and he's plucked from the party pool. "If you work two jobs, and at the end of the week you got just enough money to get your broke ass home -- That ain't right!"
Harrison Ford, Air Force One (1997)
Ford plays President James Marshall, who yells, "GET OFF MY PLANE!"
Harrison Ford, Air Force One (1997)

Ford plays President James Marshall, who yells, "GET OFF MY PLANE!"
Kevin Kline as presidential stand-in David Kovic, Dave (1993)
Kline's David Kovic has an uncanny resemblance to President Bill Mitchell (both played by Kline, of course) and is asked to fill in for President Mitchell. "I had a couple of ideas that I wanted to share with the country," Kline says. Other than in the world of Dave, where else could someone who merely looks like a politician do a better job than an actual politician? The real world, you say? Touche.
Kevin Kline as presidential stand-in David Kovic, Dave (1993)

Kline's David Kovic has an uncanny resemblance to President Bill Mitchell (both played by Kline, of course) and is asked to fill in for President Mitchell. "I had a couple of ideas that I wanted to share with the country," Kline says. Other than in the world of Dave, where else could someone who merely looks like a politician do a better job than an actual politician? The real world, you say? Touche.
Terry Crews as President Camacho  in Idiocracy (2006)
Camacho: "Shit. I know shit's bad right now, with all that starving bullshit, and the dust storms, and we are running out of french fries and burrito coverings."
Terry Crews as President Camacho in Idiocracy (2006)

Camacho: "Shit. I know shit's bad right now, with all that starving bullshit, and the dust storms, and we are running out of french fries and burrito coverings."
Michael Douglas, The American President (1995)
Playing President Andrew Shepherd, Douglas is a president who finds himself dating and claiming that "The White House is the single greatest home court advantage in the modern world."
Michael Douglas, The American President (1995)

Playing President Andrew Shepherd, Douglas is a president who finds himself dating and claiming that "The White House is the single greatest home court advantage in the modern world."
Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
One of Sellers' multiple roles in the film was as President Muffley. As the prez, Sellers proclaims, "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room."
Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

One of Sellers' multiple roles in the film was as President Muffley. As the prez, Sellers proclaims, "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room."
Jack Nicholson as President James Dale in Mars Attacks! (1996)
Spoiler alert: Nicholson's President Dale is fatally stabbed by a detached, animated hand from the Martian leader. Before that scene, Dale references Meat Loaf with this line: "I want the people to know that they still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for them, and that ain't bad."
Jack Nicholson as President James Dale in Mars Attacks! (1996)

Spoiler alert: Nicholson's President Dale is fatally stabbed by a detached, animated hand from the Martian leader. Before that scene, Dale references Meat Loaf with this line: "I want the people to know that they still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for them, and that ain't bad."
John Travolta (on right) as President Jack Stanton in Primary Colors (1998)
Portraying -- unofficially -- Bill Clinton in this 1998 comedy, John Travolta's a  presidential candidate and eventual commander-in-chief whose personal problems only kind of make us like him more. Kind of like Clinton.
John Travolta (on right) as President Jack Stanton in Primary Colors (1998)

Portraying -- unofficially -- Bill Clinton in this 1998 comedy, John Travolta's a presidential candidate and eventual commander-in-chief whose personal problems only kind of make us like him more. Kind of like Clinton.