With the recent Presidential election completed, I thought it might be interesting to discuss some of the best cinematic fictional presidents. Here are my top four for you to check out. Let us know if you have someone not mentioned that you would like to nominate for greatest fictional commander-in-chief.
Morgan Freeman as President Tom Beck in Deep Impact (1998). A comet is hurtling toward the earth that will cause a global extinction event. A joint American and Russian team is sent to destroy the comet before it strikes earth. This is a disaster movie that has a lot of focus on people’s reactions to their impending doom. How many disaster movies got the green light at about this time? Too many that’s how many.
Harrison Ford as President James Marshall in Air Force One. Those hijackers picked the wrong plane when they decided to hijack Air Force One. Ford kicks some major ass in this role. My favorite scene might be when he dispatches Gary Oldman’s (Ivan Korshunov) character out of the plane with the parachute cord wrapped around his neck, U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A..
Jack Nicholson as President James Dale in the underrated Tim Burton film Mars Attacks. This is a crazy whacked out film that gives shout out to alien invasion films of the 1950’s and 60’s. Nicholson is great in both roles that he plays in the film. I love the look of the Martians in this film.
Bill Pullman as President Thomas J. Whitmore in one of my favorite cheesy films of all time Independence Day. Forget about the Gettysburg Address, I would rather listen to Whitmore’s Independence Day speech. Despite starring the insufferable Will Smith, I can’t change the channel when this film is showing on the TV. That probably has more to do with Randy Quaid’s performance as Russell Casse than anything else.
So there we have it my top four nominations for the title of greatest fictional president. Which one is your favorite or is there a write in candidate that I missed, whom you consider worthy?
I couldn’t pass up including that speech from Independence Day.