Tuesday, January 27, 2004

The Celluloid Presidency

Paul Hodgins does a taxonomy of the alternate-universe denizens of the White House. “We all want our chief executive to be heroic, decent and supremely capable. But when it comes to the dictates of genre and story line—and the sometimes quirky predilections of Hollywood’s creative community—the leader of our country, when fictionalized, can assume many forms: Stalloneish action figure, romantic demigod, frumpy Everyman, wise elder statesman” (Orange County Register, Jan 25 2004). Where does your presidential candidate fall?

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