Skip to comments.Thompson's Image Cultivated by Hollywood
Posted on 08/22/2007 2:08:31 PM PDT by SmithL
Los Angeles (AP) -- If Fred Thompson is auditioning for the role of a lifetime, he could hardly be any better prepared.
For millions, Thompson is simply Arthur Branch, the gruff, hard-nosed district attorney on NBC's "Law & Order." Many others may recognize him from strong, take-charge movie roles including an admiral in "The Hunt for Red October."
As Thompson prepares for a likely run for the presidency he said Wednesday "it will not be long" until he makes an announcement on the subject his image has been cultivated as much by Hollywood as by his time as a real-life Republican senator in Washington.
"When Fred, as Arthur Branch, walks into a room, people feel like they should stand up and salute. Fred is the living definition of command presence," Dick Wolf, series creator and executive producer of "Law & Order," told the AP. "If you look back at his previous roles, you can see I'm not the only producer who has felt this way."
Thompson's acting career has long been intertwined with his political one. He was first cast by Hollywood in 1985's "Marie" as himself an attorney in the true story of a woman who is working at the State Board of Pardons of Tennessee and discovers that the state government is riddled with graft, corruption and even murder.
His next film outing in 1987 saw him cast in his first character role as a CIA director opposite Kevin Costner in "No Way Out," paving the way for two decades of roles as either an attorney, a military officer, a politician and even a president.
"There is a strong sense in which Thompson's popularity as an actor, I think, came in part because he seemed to be able to play the role . . .
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Yeah, ya gotta love that angle of the Fred candidacy. The liberals have helped him without meaning to.
And what is Harry Thomason, a short order cook?
>Yeah, and Reagan was “just an actor”, too.<
No, Reagan was a long time president of the Screen Actor’s Guild, and he was governor of California for several terms before running for the presidency. Also Ronald Reagan was Ronald Reagan, and Fred Thompson is no Ronald Reagan.
Neither is Duncan Hunter, but at least Fred has a shot.
” Fred Thompson is no Ronald Reagan.”
though i agree with this statement (and i dont think there ever will be another Ronald Reagan) i still like Fred - he is not just an actor, he was an accomplished attorney and two term Senator.
Duncan Hunter does not pretend to be Reagan, but the two of them shared many views. And Hunter worked closely with RR.
I am certainly not denigrating any of Fred Thompson’s accomplishments. I just question if they are enough to qualify him for the highest office in the land.
That's the whole point. In spite of all his accomplishments, there are still a lot of people who claim that Reagan was just an actor.
Liberals love looking down on Conservatives, and assume that Conservatives must be unsophisticated, unintelligent, and unelectable. Since they are aware how superior they are, it comes as a devastating blow when "just an actor" mops the floor with them. President Bush is certainly not a Reagan, but he also made the left pay dearly for misunderestimating him.
If calling Fred Thompson "just an actor" is the best that they can come up with, I'm fine with that.
And that photograph is why I will not vote for Fred Thompson for Republican nominee nor for president.
What’s wrong with that photo? I find nothing wrong with it.
I’m a Thompson guy but even if Rudy was the nominee I’d have to vote for him over Osama-Obamo or Hitlery.
Heck...I’d vote for Osama Bin Laden before I voted for ANY democrat. At least you know where he stands.
And that is a good thing. Reagan is deceased and can't run for office.
Welcome to 2007.
So is Arnold Schwarzenegger and he won in a blue state! Says a lot for star power. Run Fred run!!
>Says a lot for str power. Run Fred run!<
And Arnold Scharzenegger is a RINO of the first water. Be careful who you egg on. There are always consequences.
I’m not egging on Fred, and I know Arnold is a RINO! :P
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