is a 1993 film directed by Ivan Reitman. More or less, it's The Prisoner of Zenda updated
to the modern-day United States.
The President of the United States is Bill Mitchell (Kevin Kline
), a corrupt career politician who works closely with his equally corrupt advisors, especially Chief of Staff Bob Alexander (Frank Langella). Meanwhile, Dave Kovic (also Kline) is a Nice Guy Everyman
who happens to look exactly like the President
, and has a side job impersonating him at parties. One day, Dave is hired as a Body Double
in an effort to cover up one of Mitchell's extramarital affairs. After the President unexpectedly falls into a coma while having sex with his mistress, Alexander refuses to give up his power and invents an outrageous conspiracy: place Dave in the Oval Office and pretend the coma never happened! Alexander assumes that Dave will be an easily manipulated puppet, but what happens when Dave starts Becoming the Mask
The rest of the main cast includes Sigourney Weaver
as the socially conscious First Lady, Kevin Dunn as another advisor in on the conspiracy, and Ving Rhames
as a Secret Service agent.
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