Fear

Fear: Trump in the White House

Every other week, exclusively for Patrons, we talk about a chapter from Bob Woodward’s book Fear: Trump in the White House.  We break down the crazy revelations, try to understand what was going through Trump’s mind, and riff on how it all went down.  But most importantly, we use our massive knowledge of cinema and television actors to cast the inevitable Ron Howard film adaptation of the book.  On this page, we present for your approval, the results of that casting.

 

If you’d like to hear how we arrived at these choices, or just follow along on the journey, you can become a Patron too.

 

P.S. We recognise that some of the options require the use of either a time machine or some Carrie Fisher level CGI.  Also, you might think some of the choices below are crazy.  That’s just Mark.  Sometimes we worry about him.

The real person

Mark’s pick

Jim’s pick

Other thoughts we had

trump

Donald J. Trump

President of the United States
john goodman

John Goodman

Roseanne, The Big Lebowski, Monsters Inc
busey

Gary Busey

Under Siege, Lethal Weapon, Point Break
martin sheen

Martin Sheen

The West Wing, Apocalypse Now, Badlands
gleeson

Brendan Gleeson

Harry Potter, In Bruges, Paddington 2
bannon

Steve Bannon

Former White House Chief Strategist
laurie

Hugh Laurie

House, The Night Manager, Blackadder
platt

Oliver Platt

Flatliners, Chicago Med, Lake Placid
Belushi

John Belushi

The Blues Brothers, Animal House, Saturday Night Live
gleeson

Brendan Gleeson

Harry Potter, In Bruges, Paddington 2
bolton

John Bolton

National Security Advisor
lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax
yosemite

Yosemite Sam

Hare Trigger, Space Jam, Knighty Knight Bugs
brimley

Wilford Brimley

Cocoon, The Thing, The Firm
elliott

Sam Elliott

A Star is Born, Roadhouse, Tombstone
bossie

David Bossie

Deputy Campaign Manager
capone

Al Capone

Gangster
vanzandt

Steve Van Zandt

The Sopranos, Lilyhammer, The Christmas Chronicles
lauria

Dan Lauria

The Wonder Years, The Spirit, Independence Day
adamarkin

Adam Arkin

Chicago Hope, Northern Exposure, Monk
brennan

John Brennan

Former Director of the CIA
bengrimm

Ben Grimm (The Thing)

The Fantastic Four
duvall

Robert Duvall

The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Widows
easterisland

Easter Island Head

Easter Island
marvin

Lee Marvin

The Dirty Dozen, Paint Your Wagon, Point Blank
eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Dirty Harry, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Unforgiven
caslen

Robert Caslen

Candidate for National Security Advisor
stallone

Sylvestor Stallone

Rambo, Rocky, Demolition Man
grillo

Frank Grillo

The Purge: Anarchy, Captain America: Civil War, The Grey
pirae

Marcus Jean Pirae

Nothing to Declare, Bulletproof Monk, The Viceroy's House
christie

Chris Christie

Former Governor of New Jersey
Belushi

John Belushi

Animal House, Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live
schirippa

Steve Schirripa

Blue Bloods, The Sopranos, Must Love Dogs
shatner

William Shatner

Star Trek, Boston Legal, The Twilight Zone
clapper

James Clapper

Former US Director of National Intelligence
littlebigman

Dustin Hoffman in Little Big Man

Little Big Man
cranston

Bryan Cranston

Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle, The Upside
bowie

David Bowie in The Hunger

The Hunger
clinton

Hillary Clinton

Former First Lady, Former Secretary of State, Thorn in POTUS's side
gless

Sharon Gless

Cagney and Lacey, Burn Notice, Queer as Folk
streep

Meryl Streep

Death Becomes Her, The Iron Lady, Out of Africa
parton

Dolly Parton

9 to 5, Steel Magnolias, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
fonda

Jane Fonda

9 to 5, The Newsroom, Barefoot in the Park
cohn

Gary Cohn

Former Director of the National Economic Council
bautista

Dave Bautista

WWE, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War
norris

Dean Norris

Breaking Bad, Total Recall
kellyanne

Kellyanne Conway

Counselor to the President
sjp

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sex and the City, Divorce, Mars Attacks
somers

Suzanne Somers

Three's Company, Step by Step, She's the Sheriff
goldie

Goldie Hawn

Overboard, Death Becomes Her, First Wives Club
dunford

Joseph Dunford

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Hunger Games, Cheers, White Men Can't Jump
fondah

Henry Fonda

12 Angry Men, On Golden Pond, Once Upon a Time In the West
laurel

Stan Laurel

Way Out West, Swiss Miss, Pardon Us
linville

Larry Linville

M*A*S*H, Mannix, Lois & Clark
flynn

Mike Flynn

Former National Security Adviser
travanti

Daniel J Travanti

Hill Street Blues, Missing Persons, Adam
carellflynn

Steve Carell

The Office, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Evan Almighty
roth

Tim Roth

Tin Star, Reservoir Dogs, Lie To Me
giuliani

Rudy Giuliani

Trump's Attorney
lithgow

John Lithgow

3rd Rock from the Sun, The World According to Garp, The Crown
shreck

Max Shrek in Nosferatu

Nosferatu
woods

James Woods

Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story, Shark, Vampires
boyle

Danny Boyle

Director of Trainspotting, 127 Hours, 28 Days Later
smith

Kurtwood Smith

Dead Poets Society, That 70s Show, Robocop
kellogg

Keith Kellogg

National Security Adviser to Mike Pence
Goldblumkellogg

Jeff Goldblum

Jurassic Park, The Fly, Independence Day
mahoney

John Mahoney

Frasier, Striking Distance, Barton Fink
asner

Ed Asner

Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Elf
grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Frasier, Cheers, Boss
kushner

Jared Kushner

Senior Advisor to the President
carlyle

Robert Carlyle

Trainspotting, The World is not Enough, Once Upon a Time
levitt

Joseph Gordon Levitt

3rd Rock from the Sun, Inception, Looper
bale

Christian Bale

American Psycho, Batman Begins, Vice
dano

Paul Dano

There Will Be Blood, Swiss Army Man, Little Miss Sunshine
eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg

The Social Network, Zombieland, Now You See Me
manafort

Paul Manafort

Trump's Campaign Chairman, Convicted Felon
michaelsheen

Michael Sheen

Frost/Nixon, Passengers, Underworld
mcdonald

Chris McDonald

The Good Wife, Harry's Law, Happy Gilmore
mattis

James Mattis

Former Secretary of Defense
pickens

Slim Pickens

Dr Strangelove, Blazing Saddles, 1941
murray

Bill Murray

Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters
droopy

Droopy Dog

Dumb Hounded, Deputy Droopy, Sheep Wrecked
buscemi

Steve Buscemi

Boardwalk Empire, Con Air, Reservoir Dogs
pacino

Al Pacino

Scent of a Woman, Devil's Advocate, Scarface
mccabe

Andrew McCabe

Former Deputy Director of the FBI
quaid

Dennis Quaid

DOA, Innerspace, The Day After Tomorrow
McGahn

Don McGahn

Former White House Counsel
cameron

David Cameron

Former UK Prime Minister
carell

Steve Carell

The Office, Foxcatcher, Punch Drunk Love
pie

Jonathan Pie

Fictitious British Reporter
mcmaster

H.R. McMaster

Former National Security Advisor
brando

Marlon Brando

Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, On the Waterfront
chiklis

Michael Chiklis

The Shield, The Fantastic Four, Gotham
cox

Brian Cox

Manhunter, Braveheart, Troy
willis

Bruce Willis

Die Hard, Moonlighting, Striking Distance
tessier

Robert Tessier

The Cannonball Run, Mean Machine, Hooper
mercer

Rebecca Mercer

Republican donor
wallerbridge

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Fleabag, Broadchurch, Solo: A Star Wars Story
cusack

Joan Cusack

Working Girl, Toys, Grosse Pointe Blank
marsattacks

Mars Attacks Robot Woman

Mars Attacks
obama

Barack Obama

Former POTUS
BlacKkKlansman

John David Washington

BlacKkKlansman, Monsters and Men, The Old Man and the Gun
Los Angeles World Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures “Focus”

Will Smith

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Men in Black, Independence Day
elba

Idris Elba

The Wire, Luther, Molly's Game
Chiwetel_Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

12 Years a Slave, Serenity, Doctor Strange
oyelowo

David Oyelowo

Spooks, Selma, A United Kingdom
pence

Mike Pence

Vice President
gosling

Ryan Gosling

Drive, La La Land, The Nice Guys
martin

Steve Martin

Roxanne, Father of the Bride, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
porter

Rob Porter

Former White House Staff Secretary
perry

Matthew Perry

Friends, The Whole Nine Yards, The Good Wife
affleck

Casey Affleck

Manchester by the Sea, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve
phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

Gladiator, Signs, Her
US-VOTE-MIDTERMS

Reince Priebus

Former White House Chief of Staff
hanks

Tom Hanks

Big, Castaway, Forrest Gump
Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub

Monk, Braindead, Men in Black
New Line Cinema Premieres “Sex and the City: The Movie” – Inside Arrivals

Matthew Broderick

Godzilla, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, WarGames
Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum

The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day
tillerson

Rex Tillerson

Former US Secretary of State
allen

Dave Allen

Irish comedian
goodmantil

John Goodman

Roseanne, Big Lebowski, 10 Cloverfield Lane
brolin

James Brolin

Hotel, The Amityville Horror, The West Wing
First Daughter Ivanka Trump, Washington, USA – 26 Jun 2018

Ivanka Trump

First daughter, Advisor to POTUS
kudrow

Lisa Kudrow

Friends, Mad About You, The Comeback
heigl

Katherine Heigl

Suits, Grey's Anatomy, Knocked Up
melania

Melania Trump

First Lady
welch

Raquel Welch

1 Million Years BC, Bedazzled, Mork and Mindy: Mork vs The Necrotons
wilde

Olivia Wilde

House, The Change Up, Cowboys & Aliens
woodward

Bob Woodward

Author of Fear: Trump in the White House
redford

Robert Redford

All The President's Men, 3 Days of the Condor, Barefoot in the Park
woodward

Bob Woodward

Author of Fear: Trump in the White House
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