Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Feature
American Presidents On Screen
We look at POTUS in the movies

submit to reddit

This week sees the release of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, in which a fresh-faced Abe (Benjamin Walker) takes time out from Emancipation Proclamations, Gettysburg Addresses and wearing a stovepipe hat to slaughter the blood-craving undead. In the near future Bill Murray’s Franklin D. Roosevelt will also make his onscreen bow in Hyde Park On Hudson. The two films got us thinking: which other American presidents have made an impression on the big screen, and who played ‘em? Here’s a gallery for your reference…

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ...
  1 of 26 Next
American Presidents On Screen | George Washington (1789-1797)
George Washington (1789-1797)

Star: Terry Layman
Film: The Patriot (2000)

Now that Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln has wrapped, that surely leaves George Washington next in line for the Serious Biopic treatment and, frankly, about time. The great man deserves more than a cameo in Al Pacino’s Revolution and a walk-on part in this Roland Emmerich historical hogwash drama, not least because he spent an entire winter outdoors. Seriously, who does that? Ignoring his famous hardiness and overlooking troublesome things like facts – the film does, after all – we will say that at least The Patriot doesn’t have Cary Grant crawling up his nostril like North By Northwest.

What it tells us about the time it was made: Historical accuracy came a distant second to A-list casting.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ...
 
1 of 26
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1 Bill
Get Clinton on movies goddamit! More

Posted by Pelle on Sunday June 24, 2012, 08:28

2
Would have been nice to have James Brolin included as Reagan (also in a miniseries) or Richard Crenna for that matter in 'The Day Reagan was Shot.' And where's Eisenhower? More

Posted by JohG on Sunday June 24, 2012, 07:55

3
Are you forgetting Dennis Quaid as Clinton in The Special Relationship? More

Posted by MartinHeron on Sunday June 24, 2012, 03:08


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's New Spectre Issue Covers
First look at Bond 24 in Empire's April issue

Vote For The Jameson Empire Awards 2015!
Your mission is clear...

The Oscars: Who Won What?
The winners, the losers, the dresses, the suits...

The Empire Podcast Oscars 2015 Special
The team's take on the 87th Academy Awards

Sleeping Beauties: The Story Behind 12 Of Cinema's Unlikeliest Hits
They came, they saw, they surprisingly conquered

Writer / Director Dan Gilroy Reveals 8 Nightcrawler Secrets
On Jake Gyllenhaal's hand-slicing mirror smash and more...

Robert Downey Jr. On Age Of Ultron
Tomorrow: Mark Ruffalo talks Bruce Banner...

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)