Historians Debate Which President Leonardo DiCaprio Should Play

5/22/2018 - Professor of History Eric Rauchway in the Hollywood Reporter.

Leonardo DiCaprio really wants to play a president. The question is which president? Ulysses S. Grant or Teddy Roosevelt? The Hollywood Reporter enlisted several prominent American historians to offer Leo some advice on which president might make a better movie. Here’s what they had to say:

"Roosevelt. Grant was a soldier, with the virtues and vices you’d expect, while TR was much more dramatically interesting — too interesting to ever be elected president in the ordinary course of events. He could be genuinely awful, in the terms of either his time or ours; he could also be remarkably generous, and even empathetic. Most of all, I’d say, there’s maybe a little of TR in DiCaprio: both men began life as physically slight specimens, and packed on a lot of muscle to play a part or two without ever completely burying the more vulnerable people they started out being."
— Eric Rauchway, University of California, Davis, is the author of Murdering McKinley: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt’s America.

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