Last week President Obama said that he wanted to “go Bulworth”. I think it’s great that this wonderful film has now entered the language as a metaphor for telling the truth at all (sometimes extreme) costs. I was lucky to get the call to create the poster for Warren Beatty waybackwhen. So, of course, I wanted to weigh in on this. The assignment for the Washington Post (GREAT THANKS to Carlos Lozada, Marisa Bellack, eds, , Marianne Seregi, AD, and special thanks to artist and friend Sue Blubaugh, who started this whole thing rolling!) was to find other movies that may have influenced Obama as well.
My original image: the poster Warren Beatty commissioned, 1998.
My idea of what an Obama Bulworth might look like.
‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’
A politician’s good intentions mess with people’s minds.
“The Manchurian Candidate” It’s not easy to do the right thing when outside forces are trying to corrupt your thoughts.
‘All the President’s Men’
The White House goes after whistleblowers while banishing reporters to the sub-basement.
Clueless aides are sent to media interviews to spout impressive-sounding nonsense.
The president is asleep while his administration carries on.