Samuel L. Jackson Is The 7th Black To Play The President of the United States On The Big Screen

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Samuel L. Jackson Is The 7th Black To Play The President of the United States On The Big Screen
Posted by Wilson Morales

June 25, 2015

Big Game posterComing out this week is director Jalmari Helander’s Big Game, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Onni Tommila.

Big Game tells the story of Oskari (Onni Tommila), a shy, nervous 13-year-old boy. Like his forefathers, his time has come to take a test of manhood by spending one day and one night alone in the wilderness of a vast local forest. Armed only with a bow and arrow, his task is to return with a prize to prove himself. But this is no ordinary night; Air Force One is shot down by terrorists and Oskari discovers the the President of the United States, William Allan Moore (Samuel L. Jackson) in an escape pod. Now the fate of the most powerful man in the world lies in his hands.

With the terrorists closing in, Oskari and the President must team up to survive the most extraordinary 24 hours of their lives.

Big Game also stars Jim Broadbent, Ted Levine, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman, Mehmet Kurtulus and Ray Stevenson.

Big Game Samuel L. Jackson as President William Allan Moore

Although Barack Obama is the first African-American President in real-life (2008-present), there have been a few Blacks who have played the role on the big and small screen. Dennis Haysbert had the memorable role of playing Pressident David Palmer in the TV series 24 and more recently Alfre Woodard starred as President Constance Payton in NBC’s short lived drama series State of Affairs.

For Jackson, he follows a few list of African Americans who have played the President on the big screen. In fact, he’s only the 7th Black to do so.

Big Game Samuel L. Jackson as President William Allan Moore 2

James Earl Jones was the first Black to be seen as Commander-In-Chief (Douglass Dilman) in the 1972 political film, The Man. Interesting enough, according to wikipedia, the film was “originally intended to air on ABC’s made-for-television Movie of the Week series, but the network chose not to air it, prompting Paramount to release the film to theaters instead.”

It would be 25 later until Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Jr. played President Lindberg in the Bruce Willis 1997 sci-fi film The Fifth Element. Morgan Freeman then had the role as president Tom Beck in another sci-fi film, 2003’s Deep Impact. In the comedy Head of State, Chris Rock‘s character Mays Gilliam actually becomes President at the end of the film. In another comedy, while Terry Crews played President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho in Mike Judge’s 2006 Idiocracy.

Since Obama has held office , only two films have been made featuring Blacks in the POTUS role.

Danny Glover played President Thomas Wilson in the 2009 sci-fi movie 2012 and more recently Jamie Foxx played President James William Sawyer in the 2013 movie White House Down.

Clip – Air Force One Under Attack

Clip – Being Tough


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