Don't Call Him Teddy

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a presidential biographer of some repute, as well as running sexual innuendo joke on the Colbert Report. She can also make centuries old political confrontations really engaging. The film Lincoln was based in part on her book Team Of Rivals, and Dreamworks is hoping that lightning will strike twice by optioning her new book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, which is released Nov 5th. The book concerns the "decades-long and complicated friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft... [It] captures an epic moment in history, when in 1912, Roosevelt and Taft engage in a brutal fight for the presidency - a fight that destroys both their political futures, while seriously weakening the progressive wing of the Republican Party."

Setting aside the fact that Theodore Roosevelt is arguably the best man to ever serve as President of the United States (and narrowly edges out Andrew Jackson as the craziest bit of kick ass), everything about that sounds excellent. Even if a film never happens, they've at least convinced me to go buy the book. But should a movie happen, I think the casting choices are obvious. Nick Offerman as Roosevelt and John Goodman as Taft. Both men are equally adept at comedy as they are drama, they are both men of quality, and really who else could you imagine in those roles? Offerman loses points for being just a hair too young to play a President Roosevelt (better suited for the Rough Riders era), but they can do amazing things with makeup. This isn't, I should point out, the first time I've championed Offerman for the role, and will continue to do so at every opportunity.

Via Film Drunk.
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