As the elections heat up, it is important to ask. What makes a good political leader? And on this site – we ponder, what does being a famous action movie star have to do with governing? Well to start, it’s rare when actors crossover into other careers and find the same notoriety as they held as actors. Jesse “the body” Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger both became state governors after their careers in acting; and they both acted together twice. In the “Running Man,” where Ahnold played the “Butcher of Bakersfield,” Ben Richards and where Jesse Ventura played the great Captain Freedom. In “Predator,” Ahnold and Jesse were on the same team – Ahnold as Major Alan “Dutch” Shafer and Jesse as Sergeant Blaine Cooper.
There have been other actors that have made it in politics. Fred Dalton Thompson for example was a Republican Senator from Tennessee who eventually became a candidate for President. F.D.T. played prominent roles in “The Hunt for Red October,” (Admiral Painter), he was in “Days of Thunder” (Big John, head of NASCAR), he was the head of the hijacked airport (Trudeau) in “Die Hard 2.”
So where did all these guys learn how to be successful as actors AND as professional politicians?
- They were all directed by the GREAT John McTiernan. McTiernan directed “Predator,” and “The Hunt for Red October.”
- They were all Republicans? Well, I don’t know what you call what Jesse Ventura was in Minnesota?
- Arnold and Jesse were both professional body builders- FDT was not – but the guy is 6’6″ and a HELL of an actor, so I think he could have acted like one.
- Jesse Ventura was a Navy SEAL…Jesse Ventura was also a championship wrestler. He and Adrian Adonis were part of the East-West connection which won the AWA tag team title. That has nothing to do with anything, but I think he deserves credit for being awesome.
FDT was easy to see as a politician, he was a lobbyist for like 15 years, plus he played the Attorney General on Law and Order forever – so he was just slipping into a different role.
Arnold was more of a stretch. Did anyone check that guy’s birth certificate? Last I checked Austria is not in the United States? I jest, you do not have to be FROM the United States to govern our nation’s most populous state. He is charismatic though, he said “Hasta La Vista taxes,” and “I’ll be back” on the campaign trail. When asked by the press, “What is best in life?” I am surprised he didn’t bust out the endearing, “To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.” I guess he didn’t have to?
There is no logical explanation for Jesse “The Body” Ventura’s ascension to the office of Governor of the great state of Minnesota. The closest thing to governing he did before he got that job was put on a feather boa and shades.
This isn’t a blog about politics – its about movies. These guys were three damn fine actors. And I was pretty psyched when they got into office. Whenever people say that movies shouldn’t be taken seriously, I have to ask what should be taken seriously? Politics?
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