There is a rather rare, very specific film subgenre that we rarely have a chance to discuss: Single-Actor Films Based on One-Man Stage Plays About US Presidents. There is Secret Honor, for instance, in which Philip Baker Hall did a magnificent job as Richard Nixon for director Robert Altman. And there is Give ‘Em Hell, Harry!, in which James Whitmore played Harry S Truman.

Now the producers of that film, David Permut and Mark Travis, are assembling a stage play about Ronald Reagan, called The Lifeguard: Ronald Reagan and His Story. They’ve hired Robert Forster to play the one and only role, and he’ll carry that forward into a screen version, too. Read More »

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