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'Blago' Star: Phone Etiquette Not Required

Oscar role?: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (Randy Squires -- AP)

Two questions perplexed the nation last week: What was Rod Blagojevich thinking? And: Who should play the Illinois governor in the movie? Readers who joined our online discussion made quick work of the casting call.

Gary Cole (Carol Kaelson/ABC )

Gary Cole

He never broke out as a leading man in movies, but Cole -- who radiated smarmy menace as odious boss Lumbergh in "Office Space" -- could easily command the small screen in a made-for-TV take on the guv.

Sean Astin (Rebecca D'Angelo for The Washington Post)

Sean Astin

Well . . . just look at him! Hobbit Sam from "The Lord of the Rings" is 37, young enough to capture Blago's early years. Not big enough for an A-list project but could easily anchor an indie. His only competition would be. . .

Stephen Baldwin (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Stephen Baldwin

Or Billy Baldwin. Or maybe Daniel. But wouldn't the youngest, right-leaning Baldwin -- who specializes in thugs ("The Usual Suspects") and Neanderthals ("The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas") -- relish the role of a dirty Dem?

John Travolta (Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

John Travolta

But if we're talking a big awards-bait flick, look no further than this bankable movie star who's played both president ("Primary Colors") and crook ("Pulp Fiction"). In Blago, Travolta may finally find his Oscar.


** UPDATE: Several excellent new suggestions have come in from readers.

For the awards-bait feature -- Tom Cruise.

For the indie flick -- Ray Liotta.

For the made-for-TV miniseries -- Charlie Sheen.

Also: Mike Myers, Steve Carell . . . though that would be a very different movie, wouldn't it?

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2008; 1:04 AM ET
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Demi Moore as Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Posted by: cmbluebirds | December 15, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Steve Carell

Posted by: mbrett | December 15, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Lundbergh. LOL!

Honestly? Travolta.

Posted by: Charlene-K | December 15, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is totally missing it...hello, MIKE MYERS!

Posted by: MMPearl5A18 | December 15, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Gary Cole - no contest

Posted by: Patricialeat | December 15, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

But who would play the rest of the cast of characters? My suggestions…

Patti Mell… Kristen Johnston (from Third Rock from the Sun)
Dick Mell… John Lithgow
Emil Jones… Cedric the Entertainer
Mike Madigan… Kurtwood Smith (from That 70s Show)
Lisa Madigan… Rachel Griffiths

Posted by: PattiBLOGojevich | December 15, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Only Ben Stiller could play Rod Blagojevich with the right amount of hubris and stupidity required to portray the character accurately while only Director/Writer Kevin Smith could make sufficient use of Rod's first name without beating us over the head with that joke.

Posted by: marcdubey | December 15, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

When I first saw Atty General Lisa Madigan, she eerily resembled Demi Moore. Look no further.

Posted by: bosicol133 | December 15, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Gary Cole would be great!

I loved him as Sheriff Lucas Buck in American Gothic. One of the best TV characters of all time.

Posted by: kelleyinTX | December 15, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

This entertainment article is, without a doubt, one of the most profound, and funniest, I've read in years. The Blagojevich scandal *IS* a joke isn't it? And it's already a movie, isn't it? When the movie comes out - whether Cruise or Baldwin - Charlie Sheen or Travolta - play leading actor - it will probably be wonderfully entertaining - in fact, just as enetertaining as the "real-life" drama. Okay, okay, it's much more politically correct to say, the real life drama is so sad, and catastrophic; while the movie is "entertaining."

But let's face it: it's all a movie. That's the undercurrent of this review, isn't it? That's why this review is so funny. It touches our very all a movie, isn't it...

Posted by: ToThePoint | December 15, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Never mind the hair - a wig can fix that. But it has to be Travolta hands down -- he is the only one of the four who has that street hood punk look.

I am still waiting for the "Last Days in the McCain Bunker" movie. We all know who will play Palin, but who gets to play McCain?

Posted by: dunnhaupt | December 15, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Why Stephen Baldwin havn't move out of the country yet? Didn't he say that if Obama is elected, he would move out of USA???

Posted by: yyw1969 | December 15, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Cousin It

Posted by: ihateliars | December 15, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I go with two choices for the Governor: Tom Cruise or Leonardo Di Caprio. Cruise can give that brassiness and all we have to do is dye Leonardo's hair.

Posted by: neenyc | December 15, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

George Stephanopoulos

Posted by: sebocd | December 15, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I'll second Mike Myers.

It's all in the walk, baby.

From the footage I've seen this past week, Blago's most distinctive feature is by far ... the pimp walk. Where the knees are all gangly and kickin' out side to side; the faux-suaveness about his hands, hand gestures, hand-in-pocket; his slightly bobbing head with stupid grin, and the "I'm awesome" glance through the tops of his eyes. Vintage Myers.

After that, I'd go Stehpen Baldwin (the eyes, and -- again -- a bad attempt at suavity).

Posted by: anon62 | December 15, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I think Steven Baldwin would be best cast as a "sexual pervert",as that`s what he looks like when he appears on the Fox network.

Posted by: ron19471121 | December 15, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Travolta as Blago ? I guess James Carville can play the post-trial part.

Posted by: stephanemot | December 15, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Good LORD....Travolta? Next thing you know you'll want him playing GOD 'r sumpin'! The man's big moment so far has been putting on a wig in "Hairspray"....he (and we) should be content with that. TOM CRUISE? LEO-BORED-OH? Help me out!

Now, Mike Meyers might work, much as he turns my stomach (hmmmmm....maybe that's a good thing....). When the choices come down to the likes of Charlie Sheen (lame) or Billy Baldwin (uh......), ya know that Hollywood just ain't what it used to be.

Posted by: thomasmurphy3 | December 15, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Treat Williams as Rod Blagojevich.

Posted by: celiedh | December 16, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

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