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The fiction: 'Dr. Strangelove' (1964)

For those who prefer their presidents to be bland functionaries with deeply hidden wells of narcissistic ego, then Merkin Muffley is your man. Muffley is one of three characters Peter Sellers plays in Stanley Kubrick's seminal satire of nuclear war. The reality: In appearance and mannerisms, Muffley was patterned after 1950s-era two-time Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson. Associated Press
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