A smorgasbord of leaders in the movies (elected or otherwise) who are in danger of ‘losing it’ – or actually have. Can’t think why the subject occurred to me…
In chronological order of release:
300: Rise of an Empire (2014) – Xerxes’ God Complex
American Dreamz (2006) – Dennis Quaid’s POTUS has a nervous breakdown
The Last King of Scotland (2006) – Idi Amin
Downfall (2004) – Hitler’s last days in his chi-chi Berlin bunker
Gladiator (2000) – Joaquin Phoenix’s unstable Commodus
Dick (1999) – a paranoid Nixon
Absolute Power (1997) – the homicidal President Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman)
Escape from LA (1996) – far right religious nutter Prez-for-life Cliff Robertson
The Madness of King George (1994) – he lost the colonies. Fool. George III in the stage play, but apparently there were worries that the US audience would think that the picture was a sequel to George I and George II. FFS.
Americans…and the English (Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, 1982)
Secret Honor (1984) – more Dick Nixon madness
The Dead Zone (1983) – Martin Sheen’s insane wannabe POTUS
Being There (1979) – Mentally-challenged Chance the Gardner (Peter Sellers) – the next Leader of The Free World?
Ludwig (1973) – the wacky Wittelsbach
Little Big Man (1970) Soap‘s Richard Mulligan as a deranged General Custer:
Caked in makeup and wearing a stupid blonde wig, John Hurt as the mental Emperor Caligula. Deja vu?
I, Claudius (1976)
Caligula (John Hurt): ‘Do you think I’m mad?‘
Claudius (Derek Jacobi): ‘Mad?’
Caligula: ‘Yes. Sometimes I think that I’m going mad. Do you — be honest with me — has that thought ever crossed your mind?’
Claudius: ‘Never. Never. The idea is preposterous. You set the standard of sanity for the whole world.‘