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Selma and five more politicians who deserve their own biopics
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Selma and five more politicians who deserve their own biopics

This week sees the release of Selma on DVD, the film is the story of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches, marches that were led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, John Lewis and, most crucially, Martin Luther King, Jr. British actor David Oyelowo stars as King during the time in the great man’s life where he was campaigning to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.

The movie takes place in the days and weeks that led up to the march, how figures as high as the President Of The United States himself tried to persuade King and his colleagues to stop it going ahead and how the whole protest was constantly under threat from violent, racist opposition.

Ava DuVernay directs an all-star cast that also includes Tom Wilkinson as then President Lyndon B. Johnson, Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper and a standout turn from Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King in this electrifying and heart-swelling thriller. The movie scored an Oscar nomination for Best Picture earlier this year and went home with an award for Best Song for ‘Glory’, which featured both Common and John Legend.

Selma celebrates the life of a great man, a great leader and a universally loved politician, which got us thinking, which other politicians deserve their own biopic? We’ve rounded up five politicians and who we think should play them, some for their heroic achievements, others just because it would make a brilliant movie…


Winston Churchill

Churchill has been played on screen lots and lots of times before, but we’re talking the full on birth to death treatment, the kind of epic treatment Steven Spielberg gave to Abraham Lincoln.

Who Would Play Them?

We’d love to see Dan Stevens, the one-time of Downton Abbey and future star of Beauty And The Beast, given the chance. He’d need a lot of make-up and a skull cap for the later years of course…


Fidel Castro

Always controversial, always interesting and always in public consciousness, the cigar-smoking, gun toting Cuban leader would be a dream gig for any character actor.

Who Would Play Them?

Javier Bardem. 'Course, he’d had to spend some time growing that beard…


Mary Robinson

The trailblazing first female President of Ireland deserves a full on biopic in the same way Margaret Thatcher did.

Who Would Play Them?

A great character actress, Emily Watson would be a superb choice.


Jesse Ventura

Greatest needs to be celebrated, but so do the absolute mavericks and they don’t any odder than Jesse Ventura. First a Navy Seal, then a professional wrestler, then an actor, Ventura initially made his start in politics as Mayor of Brooklyn Park in Minnesota before deciding to run for Governor of the state. Despite having far less to spend on the campaign that his opponents, Ventura went on to win and led thousands of his voters to opt to stick “My governor can beat up your governor” on their bumpers. A true maverick, his life is begging for a biopic.

Who Would Play Them?

Charlie Hunnam, he’d absolutely kill it.


Silvio Berlusconi

Think The Wolf Of Wall Street, but in Italy and probably with more girls, booze and fireworks….

Who Would Play Them?

It has to be Jack Nicholson. Who else could it possibly be?


Selma is available to buy now in hmv stores and available for purchase here from our online store.

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