10 Politicians and Their Fictional Pop Culture Doppelgängers


Sunday night, viewers of History’s hit miniseries The Bible (haven’t read the book; does the show work as a standalone?) were given their first look at Satan — and several immediately took to Twitter, pointing out what they saw as a marked resemblance to the President. Good ol’ Glenn Beck led the way, tweeting “Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory (sic) Channel looks exactly like That Guy?” (Beck apparently uses “That Guy” as a substitute for Obama, whose name he refuses to say, because Glenn Beck is a child.) Though the show’s producers have dismissed the connection, we’ve gotta say — he’s kind of a dead ringer. On the other hand, politicians are so ubiquitous that it’s pretty easy to find resemblances in pop culture. Don’t believe us? Here’s a few more examples.

Speaker of the House John Boehner and Warden Norton (played by Bob Gunton in The Shawshank Redemption)

One is a crooked and loathsome public official… and the other is a fictional character in a movie! Ha, ha, we kid.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Egon Spengler (played by Harold Ramis in Ghostbusters)

Not as far apart as you’d think — just ask Egon about federal regulators.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Lucille Bluth (played by Jessica Walters on Arrested Development)

Anyone ever seen the Minority Leader wink?

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Magneto (played by Ian McKellen in X-Men)

Gotta say, it seems like Magneto could get just as many nutty followers clogging up my Facebook feed.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Will Schuester (played by Matthew Morrison on Glee)

Just for fun, here’s a conservative blogger on the resemblance, back in August, presented without comment: “If only high school girls could vote, this presidential election would already be in the bag for the Republicans. Unfortunately for Ryan, Glee tells our young Americans that being ‘a gay’ is okay, or I assume the Republicans would be marching out this look-alike all over the place to help with getting some votes from the ladies.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Toby Turtle (in Disney’s Robin Hood)

Some of these were just too easy.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Arnold Soames (played by Tommy Lee Jones in Hope Springs)

Frankly, we were just looking for a recent Tommy Lee Jones character, since this picture of Reid scowling reminded us of TLJ. The Hope Springs connection gives you the added bonus of imagining Harry Reid in a sex comedy. You’re welcome.

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Tony Soprano (played by James Gandolfini on The Sopranos)

Granted, it could just be the Jersey connection. But we doubt it.

Vice President Joe Biden and Bob Barker (playing himself in Happy Gilmore)

“I can’t believe you’re a professional politician! I think you should be working at the snack bar.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Susan Stanton (played by Emma Thompson in Primary Colors)

Okay, granted, this one’s a little bit of a cheat, since Thompson was basically playing Clinton in Primary Colors. Still… the resemblance is uncanny, yes?