One of the increasingly rare instances where I saved something for the print edition.

Jones/Jones ’08

Fred Thompson visited Charleston earlier this week and has hit the state with campaign ads. While his most ardent supporters are drawn to his conservative principles, most just loved him on Law & Order. In that spirit, we’ve compiled our own list of electable actors known primarily for the charismatic nobility of the roles they play.

[image-1]James Earl Jones: He’s famous for the menacing voice of Darth Vader, but nothing says America like Jones’ turns as a principled CIA chief in Patriot Games and as an ardent baseball fan in Field of Dreams. Movie line turned campaign message: “Peace, love, dope! Now get the hell out of here.” —Field of Dreams

[image-2]Edward James Almos: Tough on crime? Check (Miami Vice). Tough on education? Check (Stand and Deliver). Tough on both aliens and terrorists? Check (Battlestar Galactica). TV line turned campaign message: “There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.” —Battlestar Galactica

[image-3]Tommy Lee Jones: His campaign may be cursed by the failed presidential run of college roommate Al Gore, but he’s got the kind of gruff grimace that has made Thompson a contender. Movie line turned campaign message: “I’m either lying or I’m gonna shoot you. What do you think?” —The Fugitive

[image-4]Al Gore: Sorry, we couldn’t resist. He’s won an Oscar and a Nobel Prize! Movie line turned campaign message: “I’m Al Gore. I used to be the next president of the United States of America.”—An Inconvenient Truth