‘Independence Day’ and ‘1600 Penn’ President Bill Pullman says he has no desire to run for POTUS in real life

Although he enjoyed playing the President of the United States on the big screen in ‘Independence Day,’ and more recently, playing POTUS on NBC’s newest sitcom ‘1600 Penn,’ actor Bill Pullman says he has no desire to run for office in real life.

At an event for reporters with the cast of ‘1600 Penn’ at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Wednesday, Pullman, who is a Democrat in real life, was asked if he would ever consider running for President like fellow actor and the late President Ronald Reagan did.

“Well, you know, he was known as the great communicator. I would be the great dislocator or something like that,” Pullman said, to laugher. ” I don’t have the leadership instincts or GPS [to be President.]”

Pullman’s statement echoes his admission to The Hollywood Reporter last month that he’s never thought of himself “as leader-of-the-free-world material.”

Likewise, actor Andre Holland, who plays the White House press secretary on the show, said he would not want to be the President’s spokesperson in real life, either, because of the amount of pressure the press secretary is under.

“One thing I’ve learned from this process, is the press secretary job is not one I would ever want,” he said, noting that it takes a “brillant” person to be able to answer questions “on the dime” and take information as it comes and “change it and amend it.”

Pullman, 59, wouldn’t be the first actor to run for and win office if he changed his mind. As the event’s moderator pointed out, Reagan successfully ran for and won the presidency, and numerous other actors, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood and Al Franken have all held office as well. And with Pullman’s folksy affection for clearing brush off his Montana residence, he’d be in just kind of actor who could win.

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