The big news from "those lefties" in Hollywood this weekend is that John Cusack is all set to play Rush Limbaugh in an upcoming biopic about the very controversial super-conservative ultra-pundit. According to Examiner, the Rush Limbaugh film, which many believe will have a left-win slant due to John Cusack's own political leanings, is set to go into production as early as 2013. And depending upon the results of the upcoming election, John Cusack may have some new, awesome source material for his research into what makes Rush Limbaugh tick.
As excited as we are for John Cusack's potential superstar turn as Rush Limbaugh, the man who confused birth control pills for some kind of pharmaceutical Mambo No. 5, we're looking back at our favorite campy, political biopics to remind Mr. Cusack that he has some very, very big shoes to fill. Here are our top five favorite campy, awesome political biopics.
The Lion in Winter - 1968
Okay, not exactly campy in the way understand the word, but anything that tries to sound Shakespearean and falls far short of it is bound to wade into ridiculousness. All the high marks for this romp into the heightened text of Britain's past go to the performances from Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, and Anthony Hopkins. If John Cusack hopes to do the Rush Limbaugh movie justice, the lesson from here is to take things just seriously enough. And, of course, to always rewrite whatever James Goldman puts out.
W. - 2008
2008 was the year that Josh Brolin played every conservative movie villain ever. Not that his turn as our 40-somethingth president George W. Bush smacked of villainy, but Oliver Stone's half-hearted attempt to add dimension to the presidential equivalent of that "S" we all used to draw in elementary school is awesome just because, well, it exists. Though Rush Limbaugh was never President (thank God), John Cusack could learn a thing or two from Brolin's ability to make bad guys affable.
Dick - 1999
If there's a better movie about Richard Nixon, I haven't seen it yet. And it probably won't star Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams, so why bother? John Cusack probably can't learn anything about Rush Limbaugh from this movie, though, but whatever. We didn't learn anything, either.
I mean, come on?
Milk - 2008
This film only really delves into camp-proper when it introduces Diego Luna's character as what's pretty much a homage to Sofia Vergara's character in "Modern Family." Gus Van Sant shows he can "play it straight" in this surprisingly straightforward narrative about the first, and most-important-to-date openly gay politician in our country. Also, Josh Brolin as the conservative villain yet again, and the woefully underused Victor Garber is woefully underused.
The Iron Lady - 2011
There was no way we weren't going to end with this movie. I'm probably going to come under fire for saying this, but Meryl Streep is the finest actor with one foot planted firmly in the grounds of camp. Her performance as Margaret Thatcher proved that she could take any ludicrous interpretation of any figure, fictional or too real, and turn it into a cinematic fondant.