The Ben Bradlee Mystique

Usually, when Hollywood makes a movie about an historical figure, the actor who plays the character is better looking, more charismatic and sexier than the real person. Not in the case of Ben Bradlee. In All the President’s Men, the iconic movie story of how a few salty newspapermen brought down President Richard Nixon by exposing the Watergate scandal, the part of Bradlee, executive editor of the Washington Post, is played by Jason Robards, no slouch in the charm department—but no match for the real thing.

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