added: Wed, Nov 28th '12
With all this brouhaha over Daniel Day-Lewis' squeaky-voiced portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, one might forget that there's another actor this year that also had to drastically change his appearance to play a beloved American President. And this guy is not someone who you would normally think of as presidential, but according to early reviews, critics have him pegged as a shoo-in for a Best Actor nomination. So, watch out Daniel Day-Lewis!
Of course, we're talking about Bill Murray and his eye-raising performance as Franklin D. Roosevelt in the upcoming historical drama "Hyde Park on Hudson" -- opening in theaters in December. But how did this Chicago-born actor, known for his deadpan and dry sense of humor, transform into the polio-stricken, upper-class statesman? The answer can be found in this wonderful featurette, which takes a look behind the scenes as Murray captures the spirit of the 32nd US President.
The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.
directed by Roger Michell
starring Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Samuel West, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams
release date December 7, 2012