LOS ANGELES — James Cromwell approached the role of President George H.W. Bush in Oliver Stone's "W." with one certainty: he would avoid the sort of caricature Dana Carvey embodied years ago when he did Bush on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
The lanky Cromwell had the height requirement but otherwise did not resemble the elder Bush, whose touchy relationship to George W. Bush is pivotal in Stone's film biography of the current president.
"He never looked liked me. His physiognomy is not the same, and I'm not going to do a Dana Carvey. That's of no use in a drama, in a piece of fiction. There's no reality to it," Cromwell said in an interview.
A veteran of radical politics and activism since the 1960s, the 68-year-old Cromwell also found nothing to identify with in the policies of the two Bush administrations.