Why Do We Make Presidents Into Action Heroes?
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
You'd think being president of the United States would be a dramatic enough occupation, but no. Being leader of the free world is isn't exactly a low-stakes assignment, but in the dream-life of our movies, we also need our presidents to be two-fisted action heroes.
Exhibit A: This weekend's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," which imagines the Railsplitter splitting open the heads of undead bloodsuckers with an ax. Its star, Benjamin Walker, has already made a career out of playing bare-knuckled presidents, starting with his lead role in the Broadway rock musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson." In his comedy act, he's joked that he's been offered such projects as an erotic thriller inspired by the adulterous Warren G. Harding and "James Buchanan: Mars Patrol."
If that's not enough, coming up this September is "FDR: American Badass!" The low-budget, tongue-in-cheek feature stars Barry Bostwick as the wartime leader, who, despite his polio, manages to slay werewolves while seated in
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