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The Real Life Politician That Inspired Sela Ward In Independence Day: Resurgence

It’s been a whole 20 years since Independence Day first hit theaters and became one of the most iconic and successful films of the 1990’s. Now the seemingly impossible has happened: a long-awaited sequel was produced and will be released on the big screen close to the 4th of July. Containing almost all of the original cast, Independence Day: Resurgence will be set in the modern day, 20 years after the catastrophic events of the original movie. Due to the time change, many aspects of the world are sure to be different. One of these changes is a new President of The United States, played by actress Sela Ward.

In a recent interview with Variety, Sela Ward was asked if any real life politicians inspired or informed her performance as the first female President. It turns out, that answer is a resounding yes.

Well, we don’t have any female presidents to emulate. But I watched a lot of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, just to see physically what she would do, how she would approach a podium, a crowd, etc. [Germany’s] Angela Merkel, I would look at a little bit. She’s not as expressive. It’s really mostly watching Hillary, who is the only real female role model we have.

How very timely. It seems that we’ll be seeing some of the physicality of Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton when we finally see Independence Day: Resurgence

This is like a logical and logistical home run for Sela Ward. With Hillary Clinton doing so much work over the past year in the Presidential Campaign, Ward had an abundance of material to go over and utilize in her research. From campaign speeches, commercials, and appearances on late night talk shows and even Saturday Night Live, Hillary Clinton has been everywhere. Plus her long career in politics also allows Sela Ward to go back in history and see how her physicality and speech has progressed throughout the years.

Independence Day: Resurgence is sure to be one of the biggest movies of the summer. The original film has become a staple of 90’s pop culture. In addition to the impressive box office numbers that it brought in during the 1999 run, Independence Day has never really stopped playing on cable television. This has made the utterly quotable lines of dialogue even more well known that they already were. Who doesn’t want to break out into Bill Pullman’s big monologue?

Independence Day: Resurgence will fly into theaters on June 24th, 2016. We’ll continue to update you on more details about the highly anticipated sequel as they become public.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.