I feel I must give kudos to MovieBlog8, who just produced a similar list, one that is also a great read! After Clint Eastwood did such a terrific job tinging J. Edgar with legitimate drama, and the first full trailer of Iron Lady released, I starting thinking which politicians would make a good biopic subject…
7. Sarah Palin
Why? Anyone that knows anything knows why. It could be a drama, a comedy, a dramedy? Casting would be easy. *Just to let you all know, this post preceded “Game Change.” Boom.
6. William Henry Harrison
Why? After 30 days in office, President Harrison (people probably never even got used to calling him that) died of pneumonia, due to a lengthy inaugural address, in freezing temperatures, without a coat. The movie would be based mostly on his address and his death, because surely hearing that your President has died after 30 days might seem crazy. Conspiracy theorists probably thought that was the plan all along. Did John Tyler steal his petticoat? If Anonymous can say that Shakespeare is a fraud, why not? I think James Cromwell could pull off the role, if they gave him some hair. I mean, it wouldn’t be the first time he was commander in chief (Lyndon Johnson in RFK, H.W. Bush in W., as well as fictional Pres’s in at least two other shows).
5. John Tyler
Why? Being called “His Accidency” probably didn’t strike a chord with him, and he was largely disliked as President. All but one of his original cabinet members resigned, and judging by his “smile,” he probably didn’t take these things lightly. I would pay to see a movie about John Tyler’s dramatic term, his cabinet abandoning him, but continuing to fight the good fight…but admittedly, casting would be an issue. Who would you pick to play John Tyler?? I don’t see any near resemblances at all.
4. James Buchanan
Why? Now I’m just getting these from Time’s list of the Top 10 Forgettable Presidents. While these guys may not be Washington’s and Lincolns, it does’t mean their stories aren’t worth knowing. In fact, just the opposite. Do you know how many books have been published about Abraham Lincoln? One website says 16,000. Sixteen thousand! How many about James Buchanan? No one knows that one. Probably about seventeen. He needs a movie. Played by none other than…look at him…Anthony Hopkins.
3. Chester A. Arthur
Why? Look at those munchops. Will Ferrell can play him, just give him the face fur. He allegedly (a good word for biopics) had a fatal kidney disease that he hid from the public, and may have thrown the election because he knew he wouldn’t live through another term. He lost, and died two years later. Great movie stuff there.
2. William McKinley
Why? I was surprised to see him on the list. I’m sure there’s been a movie about him, but he needs a better one. At the 1901 World’s Fair, McKinley was shot by a Russian nationalists as he was shaking hands with a long, long line of people. It was an insane situation. Robert Duvall has this role down pat.
1. Alexander Hamilton
Why? Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton was eventually shot in a dual with the Vice President Aaron Burr. The kicker? When Hamilton shot, he missed right above Burr’s head…on purpose. A letter he wrote the night before detailed his intentions to miss. The face on the $10 bill is my favorite politician of all time, and such a death can be extremely heart-breaking to viewers, even those who know exactly what will happen. I think Patrick Wilson has the look, and I’ve always been a fan of his. I don’t want cheap, unpopular, independent movies. I want Eastwood-directed films. I demand it. People, look at these stories.
What politician’s biopic do you really want to see?? Did I get this all wrong?? Comment, and be sure to subscribe to email updates at the bottom of your screen!!