Origins: Actor Ronald Reagan parlayed his film career and experience as president of the Screen Actors Guild into a political career that saw him twice elected as both Governor of California and President of the United States. Television actor Fred Grandy (of Love Boat fame) served four consecutive terms as in the U.S. Congress representing the state of Iowa. And action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger currently holds the governorship of California. So, with the 2008 race for
That's the premise behind such web sites as www.walken2008.com and www.walkenforpres.com, which appeared in August 2005 and were supposedly maintained by the "Walken 2008 Campaign" touting a putative actor-turned-candidate opining that "It's time to get America back on track."
However, the "Walken for President" web sites were nothing more than hoaxes, as the actor's publicist noted:
Only, it's all a joke.
"The person who put this together was just trying it as a hoax, I presume," said Mara Buxbaum, Walken's publicist. "My take on it is it sounds like the person who put this on the Web took his role in 'Wedding Crashers' too seriously and now wants him to run for the presidency."
A spokesman for New Line Cinema, which released the film, said the website is not part of any publicity campaign by its marketing department. The movie already has grossed $165 million and doesn't appear to need extra help at the box office, he added.
Although the campaign is fake, there's a certain Ross Perot quality to the website that lends it an air of authenticity.
Last updated: 19 August 2005
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