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QUESTION: Dear Peter‎‎


Are there English Movies made on American Presidents viz Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, John Kennedy, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama etc

Are there movies made on British Prime Ministers viz Margaret Thatcher, John Brown, David Cameron etc

2. How challenging is to portray a role of a President or Prime Minister of a country ?.

On a personal front if some film producer offers you this role, would you accept the offer ?.  

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Look at imdb for film details.
Playing a president or Prime Minister is no more difficult than any other written character. Whether the audience believes in your characterisation depends on how well the writer and director have done their work. You can't think every minute is this the way <the man> would have said it or moved? All you can do is to play the character as he appears in the writing, and let the audience judge the finished work.

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QUESTION: Dear Peter

Thank you.‎‎

The Key for giving justice to play the role character of a President or Prime Minister of a country in the film would be studying the Biography
in Depth ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Such research might make you feel more secure, but if the writer and director have written a different character, then they are right, and you wil be sensible to keep your mouth shut.

Shakespeare's Richard was in fact an expert swordsman (hence one shoulder larger than the other), and an effective and well-loved monarch. However, the reigning line was the Tudors, and the public audience supported their view that Richard was a murdering freak.

The director might decide to present the historically true Richard, but it's not your choice to make in a mainstream production.

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