By Jessica Marshall
The vampire-slaying exploits of America’s 16th president are getting major press this week with the release of the big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling, pseudo-historical novel “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”
Timur Bekmambetov directs and Benjamin Walker stars in the film, which paints a surprisingly convincing picture of how the President’s quest for vengeance against vampires could have shaped our country’s history.
All things being equal, Honest Abe couldn’t possibly be the only world leader to have supernatural beings (other than skeletons) in his closet. Surely the weird hobbies and strange experiences that others have notoriously had could translate to equally compelling books and films.
Here are five more world leaders and their experiences that lend themselves quite nicely to a tale of fantastical historical fiction.
Theodore Roosevelt – Demon Hunter
John Quincy Adams – Mythbuster
Margaret Thatcher – Ghost Hunter
Jimmy Carter – X-Filer
Mikhail Gorbachev – Werewolf Slayer
Bonus: Kim Jong Il – Mutant Zapper