Caspar Phillipson caught attention for his performance as President John F. Kennedy in the 2016 biopic movie Jackie, but he’s extended his uncanny physical resemblance to the late president to read a speech that had previously been undelivered at a party for a French film festival.
JFK had prepared a speech about the link between leadership and learning for November 22, 1963, which was the day he was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. The speech had been archived in the JFK Library and Museum following the president’s death.
“America’s leadership must be guided by the lights of learning and reason or else those who confuse rhetoric with reality, and the plausible with the possible, will gain the popular ascendancy with their seemingly swift and simple solutions to all the world problems.
This link between leadership and learning is indispensable in world affairs. Ignorance or misinformation can handicap the progress of a city or a company, but they can, if allowed to prevail in foreign policy, handicap this country’s security”, said the dead president come to life.
Okay, so JFK didn’t really come back from the dead, but with how much the Danish actor looks and sounds like the late American president, it sure felt like it.
To those who feel like they’ve heard the words somewhere before Caspar Phillipson’s delivery, conservative columnist George Will wrote something similar for a column in the Washington Post on Wednesday: “It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence”.