Politicos and actors engage in some make-believe

For Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States, the question is not whether any movies will be made about him but how many — and who will play him.

For the other political figures and movie stars at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, their future in political film is less certain. Nevertheless, the dinner gives the two high-profile groups a chance to size each other up. Several political figures and celebrities indulged in a few minutes of what-ifs.


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Political and media figures: What actor would you like to play you in a movie?



• Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.): Denzel Washington, [and] Cuba Gooding is one that’d be OK.

• White House senior adviser David Axelrod: I’d say John Goodman.

• White House press secretary Robert Gibbs: Robert Redford, because the name would be so easy.

• Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.): There’ll never be a movie about me.

• Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.): [Leonardo] DiCaprio, because we’d make a lot of money together.

• Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.): Meryl Streep.

• Michael Bloomberg: Brad Pitt. [He turns to a woman next to him.] Brad Pitt, right? I had to check with my deputy mayor.

• Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.): I don’t know. Somebody with big teeth.

• White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: De Niro.

• Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.): I would be looking for an actor with a full head of hair and rugged Western good looks.

• Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.): George Clooney or Tommy Lee Jones — the way Tommy Lee Jones used to look.

• Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.): Who did [the movie] “Semi-Pro”? Will Ferrell! Because then people would laugh.

• “First Dude” of Alaska Todd Palin: I’m not a big celebrity, so that’s not a question for me.

• Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.): [Looks at girlfriend Huma Abedin] Honey, who should play me in a movie? [Abedin] Isn’t Ben playing you?

• Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.): Mel Gibson [because of] “Braveheart.”

• Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: Robert De Niro.

• MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Definitely Kevin Bacon.

• CNN’s John King: I have my Boston connections, so I would have to say someone like Ben Affleck or Matt Damon. I loved “Good Will Hunting,” so any one of those guys.



Celebrities: What political figure would you like to play in a movie?



• Eva Longoria Parker: I want to play the secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis.

• Julia Louis-Dreyfus: I’d like to play Michelle Obama [laughs].

• Kyle MacLachlan: SpongeBob Squarepants.

• Mike Myers: [Former Canadian Prime Minister] Pierre Trudeau.

• Forest Whitaker: [Pauses while his wife, Keisha, says,] “I mean, the obvious.”

• Felicity Huffman: Hillary Clinton, because she’s awesome.

• William H. Macy: Robert E. Lee.

• Barry Levinson: Teddy Roosevelt is an interesting figure and interesting character — not in a big-bully way, but who he was.

• Tim Daly: Ronald Reagan. I personally thought he was such a bad president, but he’s revered as a great president, so he would be difficult to play. I like the challenge.

• Kerry Washington: Shirley Chisholm. She was sort of an early combination of Hillary and Barack.

• Matthew Modine: Abraham Lincoln. He was a great character with great drama, but he also had a great personal story.

• Matthew Settle: Teddy Roosevelt. He was ahead of his time in terms of saving parks and land.

• Kevin Bacon: I don’t know. I’m not good at thinking of things.



Jordy Yager contributed to this article.