Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How Not To Build a Presidential Resume

In the '70s, there was a sketch on Saturday Night Live titled "¡¿Quien Es Mas Macho?!"
It was a Mexican game show that asked contestants to compare two actors to see who is more macho. It played like an elementary Spanish lesson with Bill Murray's game show host asking Ricky Nelson's contestant "Es la biblioteca macho?"

In the course of the sketch, we learn that Lloyd Bridges is, in fact, more macho that Hawaii Five-O's Jack Lord.
Lloyd Bridges? Macho?

Well, yeah. In 1979, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner were yet to be exposed to this Lloyd Bridges:
However, it was the Lloyd Bridges we grew up knowing. We knew nothing of Sea Hunt.
In Sea Hunt, Bridges played Mike Nelson, a freelance scuba diver who was pretty much an underwater badass.

There's Nelson not taking any aqua-guff from some sea-punk played by Jack Nicholson.

We thought it would be interesting to include a Bridges-Nicholson scene, as they would each later go on to become fictional U.S. Presidents to be featured here. Though this is a dramatic scene, both went on to play comedic presidents. We could also add Bridges' co-star in Airplane!, Leslie Nielsen, to this list. In Forbidden Planet, he took on the macho task of battling invisible monsters.

So, it doesn't really matter how macho you or your character, you could still go on to play a ridiculously slapsticky president.

What happens if you play a silly character and go on to become president?

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