Who should play the GOP candidates in HBO’s next ‘Game Change’ movie?
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” the forthcoming book based on the last election cycle, won’t come out until November 5, 2013. Hell its movie version, optioned by HBO, doesn’t hit until 2016. And, since the last “Game Change” movie zeroed in on the Sarah Palin soap opera (as opposed to drawing more from the 2010 book on the Clinton/Obama drama), we really have no idea what this next movie will look like. But no sense in waiting to play casting director.
Honestly, why wouldn’t you want to see a movie mosaic that showcases the entire GOP shit show from 2011-12? A segment on the Obama campaign would probably come across boring anyhow, strangely less so than just a story that’s all about Mittens.
Here’re a few suggestions to make things easier on HBO Films.
2. Lin Shaye as Michele Bachmann.
Lin Shaye has been the go-to hag for a number of slapstick classics, but the landlady from “There’s Something About Mary” and “Kingpin” could break out of the SNL-ish caricature with a shot at playing the Tea Party firebrand straight.
4. The kid from “Bad Santa” as Newt Gingrich.
Remember: This movie isn’t coming out for another four years, which means filming probably won’t begin until late 2015. Brett Kelly matched Billy Bob Thornton’s gravitas in “Bad Santa” every step of the way — we haven’t seen that kind of one-on-one intensity since Al Pacino faced off Robert DeNiro in the “Heat” diner. No question his pudgy speaker could own John King.
5. Art Evans as Herman Cain.
You gotta love Art Evans. A hardworking, unsung actor who’s made the rounds: “Ruthless People,” “Die Hard 2,” “Trespass,” “The Great White Hype” — play do-you-know on his IMDB page all day. He deserves a juicy role like preacher Cain.
6. James Tolkan as Ron Paul.
Yes, the principal from “Back to the Future” and the dick from “Top Gun.” True, he doesn’t have the campy vibe that a guy like William Hickey could pull off (R.I.P.), but he’s got enough of a jittery demeanor. Wardrobe just needs to score a rug.
8. Ted Danson as Mitt Romney.
Sure, there’s a bundle of talent who can do the corporate robot dance, but I like Danson playing against type. Plus HBO has a good working relationship with him (“Bored to Death,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”). Should be a smooth get.