Sela Ward takes over the ranks from the 1996 original film’s heroic POTUS, Bill Pullman (whose ex-President Whitmore returns), playing President Lanford. “We don’t have a lot of role models for female presidents, obviously, since there hasn’t been one,” said Ward, who last collaborated with director Roland Emmerich in another disaster flick, 2004’s The Day After Tomorrow. How she worked the podium, how she delivered speeches to her audience, how composed she stayed.” Ward also studied footage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, though noted “she’s not as expressive as Hillary.” Related: Jeff Goldblum Made ‘Independence Day Resurgence’ Cast Sing, Answer Movie Trivia in Between Takes The actress described Lanford as “sane, thoughtful” and “very strong, decisive, and not afraid to use force,” which should come in handy when hostile extraterrestrials once again rain hellfire down upon Earth (and destroy a national monument or two) in Resurgence. Vivica A. Fox and Sela Ward at CinemaCon “I think it’s prophetic, not really because of the female president because who knows what’s going to happen in the election,” she said.
Saturday Night Live firmly endorsed Hillary Clinton during its season premiere. The real Hillary introduced one of host Miley Cyrus’ musical performances. Real Hillary played a bartender pouring drinks for Kate McKinnon’s Hillary in a sketch designed to show what a good sport Hillary Clinton is. And SNL took shots both smart and silly at Bernie Sanders, the other Democratic candidates the show says no one knows, as well as slapping around Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, and every Republican in sight.
Donald Trump got the Jimmy Fallon treatment on The Tonight Show Friday night, with a sketch in which Fallon impersonated Trump (orange make-up; puffy wig) interviewing himself staring into a mirror. But instead of a mirror, Fallon and guest Donald Trump faced each other. “Fallon’s a lightweight — the only one qualified to interview me is me,” said Fallon-as-Trump. “Me interviewing me — that’s a great idea!”