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Politicos and actors engage in some make-believe

For Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE, 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 MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyRegulators seek to remove barriers to electric grid storage Markey, Paul want to know if new rules are helping opioid treatment Oil spill tax on oil companies reinstated as part of budget deal MORE (D-Mass.): There’ll never be a movie about me.

• Rep. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkHigh stakes as Trump heads to Hill Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns MORE (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 WarnerMark Robert WarnerLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Mueller indictment reveals sophisticated Russian manipulation effort GOP cautious, Dems strident in reaction to new indictments MORE (D-Va.): I don’t know. Somebody with big teeth.

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

• Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees MORE (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 ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama celebrates success of ‘Black Panther’ How textbooks shape teachers — not just their students Michelle Obama dedicates Valentine's Day playlist to Barack Obama MORE [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 ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE, 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.