Could Jeff Garlin inhabit Chris Christie as well as Julianne Moore did Sarah Palin? We think he could.
Garlin is just one of our dream castings as HBO develops "Double Down," a sequel to the election drama "Game Change." Both are based on the books by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
Just-released excerpts from "Double Down: Game Change 2012" feature inside dirt on the race between President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney. So it's time to speculate on who should be the next Romney, Obama, Paul Ryan and more. Cast your own votes in the comments.
CHRIS NOTH as MITT ROMNEY
Noth has the jawline for it, and he already plays a politician on "The Good Wife." George Clooney would be a good choice too, if he weren't so distractingly George Clooney.
GIANCARLO ESPOSITO as BARACK OBAMA
The former "Breaking Bad" Chicken Man is a master of voices, and we're sure he could manage Obama's can-do staccato in his sleep. He and the president also share the same confident bearing.
JAKE GYLLENHAALl as PAUL RYAN
Wait, you say: Gyllenhaal is a bigger star than Noth. Wouldn't it be a problem if Paul Ryan were more charismatic than the man at the top of the ticket? Yes. Indeed it was.
CHARLIE SHEEN as MARCO RUBIO
Sheen, like Rubio, is famous for his mighty thirst. You may say Sheen lacks the gravitas to play a senator -- but only if you didn't see him as the president in "Machete Kills." The book "Double Down" says Romney's vice presidential search team dubbed Rubio "pescado" – Spanish for fish. And that was before they knew how much he loves water.
"Double Down" says Obama's team pondered replacing Joe Biden with Clinton, so she could pop up in the movie. NBC, meanwhile, has scotched plans for a Clinton miniseries starring Lane, so an HBO cameo would let us see what we missed. And Lane has a prior relationship with the network: She starred in its 2011 film "Cinema Verite."
Christie and Garlin are the same age, 51, and Garlin has a relationship with HBO thanks to "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Additionally, "Double Down" reports tha Romney's team dubbed the New Jersey governor "pufferfish." We know Garlin can take a joke.