2012 is starting to feel very presidential. Not only is the real election just a week away (get out there and vote, American readers!), but the executive branch has also been inspiring Hollywood: both Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln and the Bill Murray-as-FDR farce Hyde Park on Hudson hit theaters before the end of the year, not to mention this past summer’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
And while we here at Screen Invasion love a good biopic, we started thinking about the many fictional presidents that have sprung from the minds of screenwriters and onto the big screen. There’s nothing that adds heft to your silly little disaster movie or lightweight comedy like an appearance from the leader of the free world. So let’s put our partisan differences aside and celebrate some of cinema’s most memorable commanders-in-chief.
1. President Merkin Muffley
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Actor: Peter Sellers
Leadership Style: Paternal
2. President James Marshall
3. President William (Bill) Mitchell/Dave Kovic
4. Unnamed President of the United States
5. President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho
6. President Thomas Whitmore
Who’s your favorite fictional president? Anyone we missed? Let us know in the comments!