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Circuit Q&A: Who Are Your Favorite Fictional Blundering Presidents?


**Circuit Q&A’s are our daily community question, posed to the readers of AwardsCircuit that cover various topics from film and television to general wonderings and for instances.**

On a daily basis, Donald Trump sets new records for how unpresidential someone can be, but what if we could choose a fictional option? Today, we want to talk about some of them, with an interesting caveat. Namely, we only want to discuss fictional blundering Presidents.

Fictional Presidents who still make us feel better than Trump but are duds in their own right present myriad options. One that immediately comes to mind is Merkin Muffley (played by Peter Sellers) from Stanley Kubrick’s classic “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” There’s also President Camacho (played by Terry Crews) from Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy.”

Other notables that included less than stellar heads of state include Dennis Quaid in “American Dreamz,” Alan Alda in “Canadian Bacon,” Donald Pleasence in “Escape from New York,” and Jack Nicholson in “Mars Attacks!” You could even cite the Billy Bob Thornton American President portrayal in “Love, Actually,” especially as a counterpoint to the movie’s Prime Minister played by Hugh Grant.

To be clear, we’re NOT looking for you to suggest Jed Bartlett (played by Martin Sheen) from “The West Wing” or Andrew Shepherd (played by Michael Douglas) from “The American President.” We want all the bumblers and inept fools.

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Who is your favorite leader from film, with a unique and less-than-stellar ability to “lead?” Discuss in the comments below!

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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