Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy has been cast in the title role for an upcoming remake of the classic 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire.
Dan Berger, spokesman for 20th Century Fox, said the first-term Republican’s appearance and demeanor make him a perfect fit for the character originally made famous by the late Robin Williams.
“At first, Senator Kennedy was hesitant to accept the role, insisting he was too busy helping President Donald Trump drain the swamp in Washington,” Berger recalled. “However, he warmed up to the idea once we explained how much money would be saved on makeup, thanks to his uncanny resemblance to the character. We knew he has a soft spot for fiscal responsibility.”
In addition to Kennedy already looking the part, studio executives see the junior senator’s public demeanor as an invaluable asset that will allow him to easily fulfill the demands of the role with minimal acting.
“If Mr. Kennedy has proven anything, it’s that he is very adept at talking to people like they’re children, all while pretending to be someone he is not.”
“While we are updating a few things, the reboot of Mrs. Doubtfire is still about a man pretending to be an older, doting nanny,” Berger explained. “If Mr. Kennedy has proven anything, it’s that he is very adept at talking to people like they’re children, all while pretending to be someone he is not.”
Writers have taken a few liberties with the original script in order to adapt it to Kennedy’s persona, Berger admitted.
“Rather than disguising himself as a Scottish woman and getting hired by his estranged wife in an effort to be closer to his children, as in the original version, Kennedy’s character will spend most of the film offering his services as a nanny to any potential voters who will have him, and criticizing Gov. John Bel Edwards. Spoiler alert: You might also see a glass of weed killer make a cameo appearance, but you didn’t hear it from me,” Berger said with a wink.
As optimistic as the studio is about the film with their lead actor, Berger says the studio has yet to find a director willing to work with Kennedy.
“We’ve approached no less than a half-dozen eminently qualified veteran directors, but they’ve all turned us down, citing concerns Kennedy will eventually end up telling them how to do their jobs.”