Lessons from the campaign trail on film
By Emily Christianson, Noelene Clark, Patrick Kevin Day, Lily Mihalik, Nate Jackson, Jevon Phillips and Nardine Saad
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1993 | 'Dave'( Francois Duhamel / Warner Bros. )
Dave Kovic is just an average Joe running a temp agency and making money on the side as an impersonator. When the president, Bill Mitchell, suffers a stroke while having relations with his mistress, his team attempts to cover up the scandal by hiring Dave as a lookalike to take his place.
Campaign lesson learned: When choosing a puppet candidate, make sure they're on your side. Dave's handlers, including his press secretary, quickly learned that he had a few ideas of his own. Despite being a stand-in for the president, as the pretend commander in chief he could still fire anyone who got in his way.