One is portraying the legendary president in a most-likely Oscar-winning film based on the true events surrounding Roosevelt’s love affair with his distant cousin Margaret Suckley. The other one is… the exact opposite of that.
So the question that we need to ask now (apparently) is who plays FDR the best? Is it Bill Murray, who will probably get his rightfully-deserved Oscar for the role?
Or is it Barry Bostwick who… uh… fights werewolves who are looking to spread polio?
Well we can start with just the actors themselves. Both are well known for their comic timing and great talent. Bill Murray is one of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood (if you need proof of that, look no further than most of his credits, except for maybe Garfield, which even he admits was a bit of a mistake). Barry Bostwick is known for role as cult classic hero in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and crazy mayor in Spin City.
They are both great actors who could probably do the role justice; there just seems to be a vast difference between the two films (although I can’t quite put my finger on it).
Hyde Park on Hudson is set to come out in the beginning of December, right before Oscar season, so you can only imagine what that’s going to be like. It’s a film that depicts the friendship between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Suckley during the weekend that the King and Queen of England visit. It will probably be charming, sweet, very well-acted, and smart, but a bit dull.
A bit dull anyway compared to FDR American Badass! which looks like a parody of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The trailer is hilarious, and depicts the president fighting werewolves Hitler and Mussolini in World War II as he overcomes polio in a wheelchair equipped with guns. So, basically it sounds like the greatest movie ever. Right now it’s making the rounds to independent theaters across the country, but unfortunately, it has no real release date.
It’s okay, you can cry now.
So which do you prefer, the more realistic FDR, or the one that has to deal with werewolves? Personally I like guns and ridiculousness, so I’d go for the latter.