Jamie Foxx is the true purveyor of the American dream. The man started out as a mentally ill derelict but might now serve as the president of the United States of America. Deadline reports that Foxx is in talks to join the cast of Roland Emmerich’s White House Down, an action-thriller about a militant group that invades the White House in an attempt to capture the first family. Channing Tatum is already set to play the central character, a Secret Service agent who defends the POTUS (I’ve been watching a lot of Veep).
Foxx might be the next to join Hollywood’s Hall of Presidents — a community diverse in many ways, most of all competence. Here’s a quick look back at some of the other fine actors who have led the United States of America through some of its most trying, yet highest grossing, periods in national history… to varying degrees of success.
Harrison Ford (Air Force One)
Served During: The Great Plane Exodus
Campaign Slogan: “Get off my plane… and on my bandwagon!”
Legacy: Terrorists running scared.
Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games)
Served During: The Games of Hunger
Campaign Slogan: “This is pretty much a dictatorship, so you don’t really have a choice.”
Legacy: A whole lot of kids killing each other and widespread famine, but a big boost in the entertainment industry.
Stanley Anderson (The Rock and Armageddon)
Served During: AlcaGate, and The Meteor Crisis of 1998
Campaign Slogan: “Where there is a Michael Bay movie, I will preside over it.”
Legacy: I’m sure he’ll get another shot in Ninja Turtles.
Morgan Freeman (Deep Impact)
Served During: The Other Meteor Crisis of 1998
Campaign Slogan: “It doesn’t even matter what I say, you love my voice. I support book burning and nuclear war. You’ll still elect me.”
Legacy: Nobody remembers. Damn Ben Affleck movie…
Jack Nicholson (Mars Attacks!)
Served During: The Golden Age of Tim Burton
Campaign Slogan: “You can’t handle the — wait, that’s not right. Here’s Johnny?”
Legacy: He gave the world Natalie Portman.
Peter Baker (The Day After Tomorrow)
Served During: The Cold War
Campaign Slogan: “Global warming, shmobal shmarming!”
Legacy: And now, announcing his successor…
Kevin Kline (Dave)
Served During: The Gemini Period
Campaign Slogan: “Don’t tell anyone, but I’m not actually the president.”
Legacy: Sometimes, you’ve just got to roll up your sleeves and pass the buck onto Ben Kingsley.
Peter Sellers (Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)
Served During: The Nuclear Apocalypse
Campaign Slogan: “I don’t need your votes. I play every other person in this movie. I make up the majority of the population.”
Legacy: He didn’t do great…
Martin Sheen (The American President and The West Wing)
Served During: The Sorkin Period
Campaign Slogan: “I won’t let my son anywhere near the White House.”
Legacy: Whole lotta walk-and-talks.
James Rebhorn (Rocky and Bullwinkle)
Served During: Moosifest Destiny
Campaign Slogan: “I’m bound to play the president eventually — I’m in every movie ever made!”
Legacy: The government nearly fell victim to a literal mole in the White House.
Dennis Quaid (American Dreamz)
Served During: The Age of American Idolatry
Campaign Slogan: “Try and guess which president I’m making fun of.”
Legacy: A kid got blown up on live national television. Otherwise, all good.
Bill Pullman (Independence Day)
Served During: The Era of Great Movie Speeches
Campaign Slogan: “We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! … I made that up.”
Legacy: We beat ‘em.
[Photo Credit: David Edwards/Daily Celeb]