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American Presidents On Screen
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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…

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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.

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Get Clinton on movies goddamit! More

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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

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