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From Harrison Ford To General Zod, A Look At Presidents In Film Robin Williams' 'Man of the Year' is Hollywood's latest take on presidential politics.
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With election season in full bloom, you don't have to be a political junkie to wish that the vanilla candidates in nearly identical suits and ties would go away, replaced instead by people with something original to say.Unfortunately, such a fanciful concept exists only in the movies — and with Robin Williams playing a Jon Stewart-like presidential candidate in the new film "Man of the Year," Hollywood is once again teasing us with a concept better than the real thing. We look at 10 of the most memorable presidents in cinematic history — and how they might fare in the real world:
President Thomas J. Whitmore
Film: "Independence Day" (1996)Actor: Bill PullmanTurning point of presidency: Aliens invade Earth, Earth fights back.Remembered for: Personally leading a squadron of fighter pilots in defense of the planet.Democrats think: Too much power bestowed on warmongering military commander Donald Rums ... um, Robert Loggia.Republicans think: A president in a flight suit stopping the insurgents? Mission accomplished!Real-world counterpart: Some sources claim that as president, James Madison led troops into battle — during the War of 1812.Quote: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"Approval rating: After saving the world, he'd at least hit the low 90s.
President Joseph Staton
Film: "American Dreamz" (2006)Actor: Dennis QuaidTurning point of presidency: After reading a newspaper, the Texas-born, religiously devout prez realizes that the world isn't as black-and-white as he thought.Remembered for: Appearing as a guest judge on an "American Idol"-type show.Democrats think: He's making a mockery of high office by going on a reality show! (Real thought: Why didn't we think of that?)Republicans think: Simon Cowell in '08?Real-world counterpart: We're gonna take a wild stab and say George W. Bush.Quote: "Maybe it is time I read newspapers. I've learned a lot this morning — it turns out North Korea and Iran are not like Doctor Octopus and Magneto at all!"Approval rating: Consult a newspaper yourself and look under "W" for the latest update.
President James Marshall
Film: "Air Force One" (1997)Actor: Harrison FordTurning point of presidency: Hijackers take over presidential airplane, action ensues.Remembered for: Refusing to bow to terrorist demands, single-handedly saving the day — and killing Gary Oldman.Democrats think: Film is pure fantasy, since President Marshall is elected with a female VP. The DVD, however, has been in Geraldine Ferraro's Netflix queue since December '99.Republicans think: Film is pure fantasy. For the real story on Marshall's supposed "heroism," see ads sponsored by Air Force One Veterans for Truth.Real-world counterpart: A Vietnam War hero/ politician like John McCain.Quote: "Get off my plane!"Approval rating: After murdering a man, Marshall might have a hard time securing a second term. We'll say 50 percent.See the rest on MTV: