Jon Favreau, Mindy Kaling and More Reveal Favorite Political Films and TV Shows

4:04 PM 4/20/2016

by THR Staff

Amid the raging presidential primaries, THR asked actors and directors (and one academic/reality TV star) to share their picks.

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  • Alexandra Billings

    Actress, 'Transparent'

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    "All in the Family. It was groundbreaking at the time. It talked about things that were actually happening. It talked about abortion. There were LGBT people on it. It talked about race in a way that hadn't been done before. And it did it in a way that was darkly funny."

  • Jenny Boylan

    Writer, professor and co-star, 'I Am Cait'

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    "I have to say I Am Cait. Here is a show with a conservative Tea Party Republican as its star and, yet she is surrounded by loving and respectful but contentious, argumentative progressives — and in one case, a Socialist. I think it’s the most subversive progressive show on queer issues that has every been on TV, yet it stars Caitlyn Jenner — a Republican — as its marquee star."

  • Nick Cannon

    Actor, 'Chi-Raq'

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    "The Manchurian Candidate [1962 version]. I'm a conspiracy theorist and never trust what the government tells me. This movie tells that type of story in such a remarkable way, with a twist that gives you the vibe that you were led to believe one thing but it's really another."

  • Jon Favreau

    Director, 'The Jungle Book'

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    "Wolf Hall [PBS]. It's from a few centuries ago, but it's funny how the stories and the plotlines are similar to what's going on today. It shows that though times change, people don't."

  • Vivica A. Fox

    Actress, 'Empire'

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    "Scandal [ABC]. Scandal is hot. Scandal is a show that does everything you'd like to do with a president [played by Tony Goldwyn] who's kinda fine. I was very glad to see that the president liked him some chocolate."

  • Mindy Kaling

    Creator/actress, 'The Mindy Project'

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    "Primary Colors. I loved the book, and I loved the movie. Emma Thompson [in the role based on Hillary Clinton] is the best. Plus, it was very glamorous. Do you remember the glamour of Primary Colors when it came out?"

  • Karyn Kusama

    Director, 'The Invitation'

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    "Sundance TV's The Last Panthers. I just thought it was fantastic. It kind of felt like it was wrestling with some of the same themes The Wire investigated over five seasons, but in six hours, and it managed to be this really interesting portrait of big business and the notion of war and crime syndicates."

  • Clive Owen

    Actor, 'The Knick'

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    "The original 1990 U.K. version of House of Cards [on the BBC]. I was a really big fan of that one. It was so brilliantly done, and at the time it really felt like an original bit of television. But I haven't seen any of the new version [on Netflix]."

  • Keanu Reeves

    Actor, 'The Neon Demon'

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    "All the President’s Men. It’s a really special film. I love the story: the cloak and dagger act, and trying to find the truth."

  • Gina Rodriguez

    Actress, 'Jane the Virgin'

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    "Veep [HBO]. They do such a great job poking fun of the workings of a political office. They humanize it. And I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus is brilliant and a genius."

  • Ruby Rose

    Actress, 'Orange Is the New Black'

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    "House of Cards [Netflix]. It's so well-written. I binge-watched it for, like, 40 hours. The only other show I've done that with is Orange Is the New Black, so that tells you something."

  • Jason Sudeikis

    Actor, 'Mother's Day'

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    "I really liked Wag the Dog. And the first two seasons of The West Wing. Aaron Sorkin is outstanding. I wish we could all give speeches the way his characters give speeches."

  • Sela Ward

    Actress, 'Independence Day: Resurgence'

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    "All the President’s Men. Both Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman were in their heyday and you couldn’t keep your eyes off of them. It also is one of the finest and earliest behind-the-scenes expose pieces on that world, which made it especially fresh and riveting."

  • Robin Weigert

    Actress, 'Take Me to the River,' 'Jessica Jones'

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    "All the President's Men. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman were so dynamic together. Also, Tom McCarthy's film The Visitor, which is even more relevant today than when it came out, thanks to the debate raging in the country right now over immigration."

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