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Who portrayed P.O.T.U.S. the best in a movie?

Old 03-22-06, 10:15 PM
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Who portrayed P.O.T.U.S. the best in a movie?

I love when someone plays the President of the United States with smarts, charisma, charm, and an overall strength. Two performances i always love to watch are:

Michael Douglas in "The American President"
Jeff Bridges in "The Contender"

They were both so good and adept. Now, I am not saying they take an accurate portrayal of what a President should be (I am not really sure what that is exactly anyway), but there acting performances in these roles are just superb and I can watch them in that role over and over.

Who do you think portrays the highest office in this nation the best?
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Old 03-22-06, 10:27 PM
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Not a movie, but I always liked Martin Sheen in "The West Wing."
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Old 03-22-06, 10:38 PM
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Jeff Bridges in "The Contender" is definitely a great bigscreen POTUS. At first, I was wondering how someone like that gets elected to the Oval Office, but as the movie played out, I realized he was actually a shrewd, manipulative politician who was a lot smarter than he let on.
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Prez kicks azz! Harrison Ford in "Air Force One".
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I had to click on this thread just to find out what the hell a P.O.T.U.S. was...
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Old 03-22-06, 11:40 PM
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Hands down Bill Pullman!

He totally kicked ass as President and a jet pilot!





But seriously, well... I have no serious answer. I saw The Contender a long time ago and while I remember it being a strong movie its still very hazy. I will say this though I've always liked Kevin Kline's performance in Dave.
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Silly answers first.

Tom "Tiny" Lister in The Fifth Element

Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove
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Old 03-23-06, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by DonnachaOne
Silly answers first.

Tom "Tiny" Lister in The Fifth Element

Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove
you nailed both of mine....cosign to the max
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Old 03-23-06, 01:48 AM
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Prez kicks azz! Harrison Ford in "Air Force One".

"Get off my plane!"

I'm in the Pullman camp- I love ID4. Whitmore led his troops into battle, so to speak.
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I liked the way Donald Moffat played the President in Clear and Present Danger; blinded by his anger and a completely stubborn prick. Sounds familiar.

Also, for real presidents, I thought Bruce Greenwood did an awesome job as JFK in Thirteen Days.
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I liked:

Kurtwood Smith in Star Trek IV. He was definitely a great Prez.

Bill Clinton in Contact. Talk about getting the role down pat.

JFK and LBJ in Forrest Gump were good too.
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Ronald Reagan was pretty good.
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Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove
Bill Pullman in ID4
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Originally Posted by FinkPish
Also, for real presidents, I thought Bruce Greenwood did an awesome job as JFK in Thirteen Days.
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Kevin Kline in "Dave".

Well the Fake Dave, not the real one.
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David Carradine in Death Race 2000.
Agreed. When he hit the nursing staff instead of the old people in wheelchairs, even though it cost him points, I knew he was a true leader.
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