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Kevin Spacey says Colin Hanks could play Ted Cruz

By Karen Butler
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Kevin Spacey says Colin Hanks could play Ted Cruz
"Elvis & Nixon" and "House of Cards" actor Kevin Spacey at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on January 30, 2016. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, April 19 (UPI) -- Kevin Spacey says neither his experiences playing presidents in House of Cards and Elvis & Nixon nor the real-life race for the next commander-in-chief has turned him off of politics.

"I'm only ever going to play presidents from now on," the double Oscar-winner deadpanned at a Tribeca Film Festival press conference Monday.

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"I've always been interested in politics. No particular election has put me off politics. I think some elections are more amusing than others and I'm all for the entertainment factor. I love a good laugh and I very much enjoy doing House of Cards. It's an incredible job to have and I wouldn't want to play any of the current people running for office. I think that would be bad casting.

"However, now that I look at you..." Spacey said, turning to his co-star Colin Hanks, who plays a White House staffer in Elvis & Nixon.

"Stop," Hanks said as the assembled press laughed. "Hillary [Clinton.] I'd play Hillary."

"No. I think [Ted] Cruz. I think you could be Cruz," Spacey teased. "A little orange makeup."

"Oh, Cruz," Hanks said. "A lot of orange makeup."

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Inspired by an unlikely 1970 White House meeting between rock 'n' roll icon Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon, Elvis & Nixon opens in theaters Friday. It co-stars Michael Shannon, Evan Peters, Johnny Knoxville and Alex Pettyfer.

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