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Always a bridesmaid: Cinematic Female VPs

November 2, 2009

As a companion to my previous post here are some women who have rocked the silver screen as Vice President.

As MacKenzie “Mac” Allen in the short lived Commander In Chief Geena Davis was pretty badass. She rocked them heels, which I hope was a battle call to all the tall chicas to work the heels if they felt so inclined. Height be damned. She was an effective VP for the twenty minutes of the pilot where she held the position. I didn’t much care for the idea put forth that the only way a woman gets near the Oval Office is thanks to a stroke! Before the show reigns were snatched away by David Kelley, Rob Lurie oversaw the further development of his female VP as seen in The Contender and named the CIC character after Joan Allen…

It’s pretty much established that The Dude can do no wrong and here’s further proof! When The Dude designated Lanie Hanson, goddess Joan Allen, as his VP (after the death of the previous one) not even Dracula/Sid Vicious/Beethoven could stop her confirmation. Of course Lee Harvey Oswald/Commissioner Gordon tried but, well The Dude would not abide another VP candidate.

Glenn Close is the go to woman for nuanced, albeit bonkers, performances and seemed a natural for the role of a Vice President in a Wolfgang Peterson film. Unfortunately, with Harrison Ford in the mix and Gary Oldman (once again) there was nothing much for her to do but fiddle with her pearls, roll her eyes as at Dean Stockwell and rake her fingers through her Mamie Eisenhower-esque curls. The boiled bunny quotient is very low in this movie.

And now some chicas who need to do it up second in command style.

Angela Bassett! She might only have $.33 and a Mobil card to her name, but she could get the job done. Anyone who can keep a straight face while faux fighting with “Ike Turner” in a bad shag wig, can easily take on the VP job. And since faux diversity wonks always love a twofer, she’ll bring Courtney along with her.

Dame Judi. Who says the fakey VP has to be American. After over a decade of keeping two Bonds in check with much cheek and fabulous cropped hair, this is the woman to go to. She shows us fellow short chicas how to wield the power without anyone noticing we need a step stool or a spatula to reach the Lucky Charms in the back of our kitchen cabinets.

Dame Eileen Atkins. Hell, Washington is a bit like Cold Comfort Farm. There have always been douchebags on Capitol Hill… As an actress, Atkins is criminallyunderused! I’m guessing she’s going after the same roles that Vanessa Redgrave seeks. Thus, why I’m not including Redgrave (whom I very much dig. Did you see what she did with her two bit role in Mission Impossible? She took Tom Cruise to school.) on my list.

C.C.H Pounder is destined to play a fakey VP. She has the gravitas, the acting chops and total presence on the screen. She is so fucking amazing. She lit up the screen on The Shield and has been a long time favorite blactress of mine.


Honorable Mentions:
Frances McDormand
Vanessa Redgrave
Lynn Whitfield
Audra McDonald
Susan Sarandon

5 Comments leave one →
  1. redlami permalink*
    November 2, 2009 3:41 pm

    I was extremely happy to not see Tina Fey on this list 🙂

  2. November 4, 2009 12:56 am

    Audraaa! I love that Audra McDonald made it onto the HM list, but that is because I love her just generally. And Dame Judi would make a fantastic fake VP, you’re right.

  3. November 5, 2009 5:05 am

    I don’t understand Tina Fey at all. I’m sure she’s great, but I can’t see it. Sarah Palin did a better Sarah Palin impression than she did. But I don’t think I’m supposed to get Tina Fey. I mean she’s not really speaking to me. ::shrugs::

  4. November 5, 2009 5:07 am

    Dame Judi is one of my personal shortie heroes. I was totally watching Quan of Sol the other night and she was kicking ass and taking names while being a good foot shorter than anyone else in the movie. She’s totally gorgeous, witty and I’ll watch her in pretty much anything. Even in a stinker like “Jack and Sarah”.


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