Morgan Freeman, Bill Pullman and More Movie Presidents Give Advice to Joe Biden in New Video

Presidential performers Geena Davis, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Douglas and more appeared in the video

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Joe Biden and Morgan Freeman

President Joe Biden is catching up with some Hollywood presidents.

Ahead of his State of the Union address on Thursday, Biden, 81, enlisted actors who've played presidents in TV and film for tips: Michael Douglas, Geena Davis, Bill Pullman, Morgan Freeman and Tony Goldwyn.

“You may have heard I’ve got a big speech coming up. So, I thought I would hear from some folks who have done the job before — sort of,” Biden wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter). “I’ve never spoken to so many presidents all at one time.”

Freeman, 86, offers the first piece of advice — as the former commander in chief from Deep Impact — and jokes about what he had to deal with as president.

“Well, sir, in my capacity as president, all I had to deal with was a meteor,” began Freeman. “One of the things that came out of that with my speech to the people was hope. Hope is the strongest force we have in this country.”

<p>TCD/ProdDB/Alamy</p> Morgan Freeman in "Deep Impact."


Morgan Freeman in "Deep Impact."

Then Scandal star Goldwyn, 63, remarked that his tenure wasn’t always appropriate and began his advice by noting how he “behaved very badly.”

Goldwyn, who starred as President Fitzgerald Grant III in the ABC series, offered, “Tell them that you exist for them. Tell them they make you a better man.” He then referenced Kerry Washington’s character’s pastime and told Biden to “wind down with popcorn and red wine.”

<p>Nicole Wilder/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty</p> Tony Goldwyn in "Scandal."

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Tony Goldwyn in "Scandal."

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Davis joked that during her term on the Fox series Commander in Chief, “every week, there was a new crisis” she had to “face.”

Davis, 68, finished her advice by adding a note referencing another one of her popular projects, A League of Their Own, and told Biden, “There’s no crying in politics.”

<p>Peter "Hopper" Stone/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty</p> Geena Davis in "Commander in Chief."

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Geena Davis in "Commander in Chief."

The American President actor Douglas shared some wisdom about approaching the presidency and leadership with love.

“From my experience of being commander in chief, I learned that having a loving partner changes everything,” said Douglas, 79. “Love and compassion as a leader are strengths. They’re not weaknesses and are key to your character.”

Like the other presidents, he also made a cheeky reference to his film and told Biden, “Don’t forget to save a dance for the first lady in the East Room.”

<p>Francois Duhamel/Castle Rock/Universal/Wildwood/Kobal/Shutterstock</p> Michael Douglas in "The American President."

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Michael Douglas in "The American President."

Independence Day star Pullman closed out the video and joked how during his presidency he “had it easy,” adding, “We just had invaders coming in from outer space wanting to mess with us, and that tends to unify people.”

<p>Moviestore/Shutterstock</p> Brent Spiner, Bill Pullman and James Rebhorn in "Independence Day."


Brent Spiner, Bill Pullman and James Rebhorn in "Independence Day."

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Pullman, 70, quoted his film directly and shared: “One is that we can’t be consumed by our petty differences, and we will be united in our common interests.”

The actor then shared, “When people look at all that you have managed to do, they are going to remember, time will remember, always, the importance of your words when you say that thing about, ‘There’s nothing, there’s nothing that we cannot do when we do it together.'”

President Biden will address a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET

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