Three Ikes

On the left, the real Dwight D. Eisenhower — 34th President of the U.S., a Republican and a flaming activist liberal by today’s wacko-conservative standards. In the middle Henry Grace, who was chosen to play Ike in The Longest Day for obvious reasons. And on the right, Robin Williams as Eisenhower in Lee DanielsThe Butlernot joke casting, exactly, but obviously not to be taken “seriously” either.


(l.) real McCoy, (center) Henry Grace, (r.) Robin Williams.
  • Rashad

    What’s not to be taken seriously? Robin is a great dramatic actor.

  • Jeffrey Wells

    You take one look as Williams in bald-head Eisenhower makeup and you see…Williams in bald-head Eisenhower makeup. Instant reject. You need to read up on this film, and you need to reconsider the abilities and tendencies of Lee Daniels, who is currently riding very low in the wake of The Paperboy.

  • Mr. F.

    How about we wait to see some footage of his performance before we decide whether or not to take it seriously?

    “You take one look as Williams in bald-head Eisenhower makeup and you see…Williams in bald-head Eisenhower makeup. Instant reject.”

    Kind of like Anthony Hopkins in NIXON. He didn’t look ANYTHING like the guy…

  • TheCahuengaKid

    Henry Grace – who played Ike in THE LONGEST DAY – was an Oscar winning Art/Set Director with Oscar noms for a dozen more big movies. I don’t believe he was Art/Set Director on THE LONGEST DAY, but obviously Zanuck knew him and cast him for being a dead on “Ike” ringer. It was his only professional (uncredited) acting gig.

  • Manitoba

    If you are a fan of gutsy casting and actors taking chances, how about John Cusack as Richard Nixon with Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan? I think Melissa Leo is taking a crack at Mamie Eisenhower with Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, James Marsden as J.F.K. and Liev Schreiber as L.B.J.

  • DuluozGray

    John F. Kennedy, a Democrat and a war mongering tax cutting right winger by today’s wacko-liberal standards.

  • reverent and free

    What’s funny is that under the right makeup, James Cromwell under the right makeup, contacts, wigs, and dentures, could have every President from LBJ to H.W. with the exception of Nixon.

  • reverent and free

    OK, OK, I’m awake. Let me try again:

    James Cromwell under the right makeup, contacts, wigs, and dentures, could play every President from LBJ to H.W. with the exception of Nixon.

  • The Thing

    “a Republican and a flaming activist liberal by today’s wacko-conservative standards.”

    Hold on, aren’t you talking about Reagan? Ike is the guy most people confuse Reagan with, at least when you look at their policies.

  • EileenB

    The role I am more intrigued about is Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan.

  • Jason Geyer

    Williams would have been great as Omar Bradley, though.

  • Travis Actiontree

    “It was his only professional (uncredited) acting gig.” And it certainly showed.

    Don’t mean to knock the guy…he gave it his all, but, he was rather stiff.

  • Still Ray

    Robin Williams would have KILLED as Stonewall Jackson back in the day.

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  • Still Ray

    “Don’t mean to knock the guy…he gave it his all, but, he was rather stiff.”

    So was Ike.

    BEST IKE: The dude who played him in The Right Stuff. (And Donald Moffat was a fun LBJ).

  • Mr. F.

    “Don’t mean to knock the guy…he gave it his all, but, he was rather stiff.”

    You think he was stiff then, you should see him now.

  • Travis Actiontree

    Boom!

  • Cadavra

    Is this any stranger than Bill Murray playing FDR?

  • Ghost of Kazan

    Nobody will top Ossie Davis as JFK.

  • Captain EO

    GoK FTW…and Bruce Campbell’s Elvis was quite good as well!

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