Who will play Obama in the movie biopic?

by Eric Melin on November 6, 2008 · 24 comments

in Uncategorized

barack obama nov.4 2008 electionBarack Obama getting elected the 44th President of the United States is certainly historic, and Hollywood loves to take real events and turn them into movies. Anyone who thinks movies don’t influence our culture is a moron-entertainment absolutely opens the door to big cultural shifts.

Now that the moment is upon us, it’s time to second-guess what every producer in Hollywood is thinking already. What current actor has the range, gravity, and physical characteristics to play President-elect Barack Obama in the inevitable movie biopic? Read Eric’s column and talk back here.

  • Reddit
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • LinkedIn
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Posterous
  • Tumblr
  • http://www.writinghannah.blogspot.com hannah friedman

    My humble musical letter to President Obama:

    Hannah Friedman

  • BAD

    Good lord man your acting like a school girl in love.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    To whom exactly is that comment aimed? I mean sure, I posted my elation on Election night, but Eric from Scene-Stealers wrote this post.

  • Recycled Miffery

    Yeah, it’s a little goofy to be casting a movie about the movie we just saw. Biopics suck.

  • Chef Bryan

    My vote is for Keanu Reeves or William H. Macy. I feel only those two could grasp the depth of Obama’s character and his struggle to where he is now.

  • BAD

    If it was aimed at you AM, I would have posted it in one of your posts. I already know your a huge liberal, and I have come to accept it as a part of your charm. 😉

    I hate to say this, but the kind of elation people are displaying seems similar to the feelings people had when Kennedy was elected.

    The only thing I am thinking is we should let him actually take office before we start casting his life story.

  • Nickle

    Well, if we’re talking movies here, I can only wonder how long we have until a comet comes crashing down on us, or some similar tragedy.

    Black guys only get to be president in disaster movies.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Have you seen this Fall’s fashions? I’d say it’s already a disaster.

  • MavMurdoc

    I know this post is about Obama’s “biopic”, so this is slightly off topic. But is anyone else concerned about his socialistic (<~~real word? I don’t know) policies? This whole “redistribution of the wealth” and “Fairness Act” seem quite communists.

  • MavMurdoc

    Opps! I didn’t mean to put the “s” on the end of communist.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Mav, ALL taxation is ‘redistribution of wealth’. Let’s be very clear on that. Obama has never one advocated taking money from one group to give to another. His policies mean that we should tax appropriate to income level, and not let the middle class hold a disproportionate burden to their income.

    And I don’t recall seeing anything that lead me to believe that Obama would push to return the Fairness Doctrine to the books. Quite frankly, I’d be willing to wager that the number of Dems who support re-introducing the Fairness Doctrine ranks about two handfuls less than Republicans who want to return to the gold standard. The entire issue is a non-starter.

  • Nickle

    I too, get all of my political knowledge from Sarah Palin.

    Frankly, I’m more worried about his terrorist plots, and that he hates small town america.

    Also, he’s going to take away our guns and make us all get gay married! :(

  • MavMurdoc

    Tax “appropriate” to income? He wants to tax the people more if they make more money. How is that fair? So you have a guy sitting on his ass most of his life, and won’t get a job any better than Micky D’s. Then you have a REALLY hard working person that owns his own business and EARNS (“earns” is the key word here) a bigger income). Obviously since the the guy is responsible enough to do good in life, he’s should pay more taxes, percent wise.”

    Now if he were to say “tax 10% across the board” that would be fair. To me this says, “I want to tax people who work their ass off for their money, and give it to people who live on welfare and are too lazy to get a job.”

    And I really hope that you’re right about the about of Dem’s that want the Fairness Doctrine re-introduced. If that thing passes, it will be the first step towards a Fahrenheit 451 type society (I know thats extreme and wouldn’t happen overnight, but it would be a start).

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    I don’t know how to break this down without turning this into one massive discussion on morality and ethics, but I can say this: Both Obama and McCain shared an identical view that those who have been fortunate in this life financially should perhaps be a little less reticent to part with tax dollars for the sake of the greater whole.

    George Soros and Warren Buffet both believe that their vast wealth means they have a disproportionate obligation to the public good beyond what Joe 48K a year might have. After all, if 1% of the population is making 80% of the country’s wealth, doesn’t it seem odd that the same 1% currently hold a disproportionately LOWER tax burden than Joe 48K?

  • MavMurdoc

    Don’t get me wrong. McCain isn’t much of a better candidate. I just don’t like a system that supports illegal immigration (I know… I didn’t mention that earlier), and giving money to people just for the sake of giving money to them. I don’t doubt that there are people who really need the money on welfare, but I believe (judging by the people I’ve seen in life) that the majority of people on welfare are just lazy bums mooching off the government. Why should my hard earned money go to people who refuse to better themselves, or people who are here illegally (and I stress the word ILLEGAL!).

    Also, I just want to say that if my words seem hostile, I don’t mean them to be. I’m genuinely trying to understand peoples’ thoughts behind this.

  • BAD


    I mean this in the least insulting way possible, but so far you are making very simplistic examples of a very complicated idea. When we try to understand things, it is common to make leaps of assumptions based of off the limited information we receive from friends, family, leaders (local, global, religious, etc, etc..), media, and any other sources we pay attention to.

    When you say that Obama is going to turn our country to socialism, your making a sweeping generality that ill fits the situation and policies of the times and of Obama himself.

    I’m not writing this to tell you that your wrong, or to debate you, but to give you some advice in order to save you energy and confusion.

    Do some research. If you are really concerned about Obama’s plans, then go ahead and research his beliefs and policy tendencies from when he was a senator and find out what his plans entail for the future. From this you will get a better idea of where he stands, and how it pertains to your life.

    Also a couple other things….

    Your examples are false logic. When you say that a person could work hard and deserve the large amounts of money they make, you do not take into account that people can inherit money,or do a job that isn’t very difficult but has potential for large income. Those jobs being based on popularity or celebrity. I’m not suggesting an actor’s job is always easy, but for the most part, I would say that someone getting paid twenty million dollars for six months of work has it a bit easier than someone who crawls into a coal mine six days a week for seven hundred thousand dollars a year.

    Personally, I don’t think that we have to tax the rich anymore than anyone else, however I have always hated the trickle down theory. It has NEVER worked, yet to this day it is used as an excuse to give the rich unfair tax breaks.

    I’m not worried about a Fahrenheit 451, happening, but I am concerned that we live in a perpetual Animal Farm type situation.

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Frankly, I’m worried that not enough people are aware that we are slowly but surely moving towards a Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs world.

  • BAD

    Well, I believein the flying spegehtti monster, so I await the day we have a meatballs kind of day.

    It’s on it’s way….

  • Andrew DeGolyer


    My brother just got laid off, and lived in West Palm Beach Florida where the job market is nil. He had to file for unemployment. He works his ass off to feed his wife and two little girls, and only went on unemployment for 2 weeks until he got a job. Regular people do end up on unemployment and welfare.

    Though I do agree that many people on welfare do not actually do the job they’re being paid for (to look for a job…).

    People on both sides of the political fence have unrealistic expectations for this presidency. I voted for him, and am unsure on how well he will do. I do know that complaining before he has even taken office does nothing.

  • Chef Bryan

    Hey did you guys hear Obama is changing the national bird from the bald eagle to FRIED CHICKEN!
    But in all seriousness, Andrew hits the nail on the head. Some of my more liberal friends have already elevated Obama to demi-god status, while I still hear cries of the Antichrist to my right. What’s done is done. All we can do now is just wait to see what is in store for all of us. (You too Canada)

  • all worship Obama


  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Satan? Seriously? I didn’t know Robert Evans was available for film roles…. That changes EVERYTHING!

  • Nickle

    Blagojevich 2012!

    He’s got a sweet f—ing job, and he ain’t givin it up for f—ing nothin.

    I love living in Illinois.

  • Nickle

    His hair will be VP.

Previous post:

Next post: