Actors Who Could Play Donald Trump
No one in the world right now is discussed and debated more than Donald Trump. Regardless of how one feels about the 2016 presidential election, the divisive nature of the results and the fervor from both sides — not to mention the pre-existing notoriety of both Hillary Clinton and Trump — mean that a big-screen dramatization of the election is inevitable. This has been a historical event for U.S. politics and, with such a larger-than-life personality like Trump as the protagonist, it will be a difficult task for any actor to nail the role of playing the 45th president.
However, we’re not one to back down from a challenge. We’re taking a look at some actors who we feel have the presence, the range, and (roughly) the right look to play Trump in a big-screen biopic. While some of the actors listed below may not look a whole lot like Trump, we believe they have the chops to turn in a memorable performance nonetheless.
Let’s take a look at some actors who could play Trump in a film sometime soon, working in ascending order toward our top pick.
8. Jeff Bridges
This Oscar-winning actor has demonstrated for decades that he has a knack for both comedy and drama. Depending on the tone of the film in question, Bridges could nail either an over-the-top version of Trump or one that takes the man a bit more seriously.
7. John Travolta
Travolta’s recent success playing Robert Shapiro on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has us convinced that he could nail the role of Trump. Plus, he’s already played a U.S. president in Primary Colors, a film based on the Clinton administration.
6. Leonardo DiCaprio
The world rejoiced when DiCaprio finally won his Academy Award for The Revenant, and he’s proven over the years that he can tackle just about any role that comes his way. In recent years, he’s played real-life figures in celebrated films that were both serious (The Aviator) and more tongue-in-cheek (The Wolf of Wall Street).
As a bonus, Martin Scorsese might wind up directing the Trump biopic.
5. Christian Bale
Whether he’s losing a ton of weight (The Machinist, The Fighter) or putting on some muscle (The Dark Knight trilogy), this Oscar-winning actor is one of a few performers willing to commit wholeheartedly to whatever project he takes on.
He even has experience with a wacky hairpiece (American Hustle), making him a prime choice to play Trump.
4. Daniel Day-Lewis
Is there any role that this three-time Oscar winner cannot pull off? Day-Lewis is one of the finest actors working today, and we know he could deliver a winning performance as Trump, no matter how the script handles his ascension to the White House.
3. Jon Voight
Many celebrities have spoken out against Trump, but Voight is one of the few actors who has remained supportive of him throughout. While we imagine that the actor’s support of Trump would mean that he would give a particularly sympathetic, earnest performance, we cannot imagine the Oscar-winning actor failing to deliver some compelling work.
2. John Goodman
For so long, Goodman has remained unrecognized for his consistently stellar work. Like his Big Lebowski co-star Bridges, Goodman is adept at both comedy and drama, and we know he could turn Trump’s story into something truly memorable.
Besides, 10 Cloverfield Lane failed to nab him a much-deserved Oscar nomination, so perhaps a role as juicy as Trump could do the trick.
1. Alec Baldwin
One of the more recent comedic takes on Trump is Baldwin’s run as the president on Saturday Night Live. Granted, any film he’d star in as Trump would certainly be an example of broad comedy — and something that Trump himself would likely criticize on Twitter — but so far, Baldwin’s Trump has succeeded in getting plenty of attention.
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