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.

20 thoughts on “Three Ikes

  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. “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.

  8. “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.

  9. “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).

  10. “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.

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