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BP CEO Tony Hayward is a familiar face these days -- but is it because a) he's become the face of BP during the Gulf Oil Spill crisis or b) he's a dead ringer for British actor Michael Sheen? They even have the same haircut!

If we were going to cast the 'BP Oil Spill' movie (and why not?) our first, obvious casting for 'Wayward" Hayward would go to Sheen, who's made something of a career of portraying another embattled British public figure: former prime minister Tony Blair in films like 'The Queen' and 'The Special Arrangement.'

See who else we'd cast in the (purely theoretical) movie about the BP fiasco.
BP CEO Tony Hayward is a familiar face these days -- but is it because a) he's become the face of BP during the Gulf Oil Spill crisis or b) he's a dead ringer for British actor Michael Sheen? They even have the same haircut!

If we were going to cast the 'BP Oil Spill' movie (and why not?) our first, obvious casting for 'Wayward" Hayward would go to Sheen, who's made something of a career of portraying another embattled British public figure: former prime minister Tony Blair in films like 'The Queen' and 'The Special Arrangement.'

See who else we'd cast in the (purely theoretical) movie about the BP fiasco.

TONY HAYWARD
Who he is in the BP scandal: CEO of BP
Notable news quote: "I'd like my life back."
We would cast:
Michael Sheen. Besides 'The Queen' and 'Frost/Nixon,' he's also known for moonlighting as werewolf Lucian in the 'Underworld' series and in 'Twilight: New Moon' as Aro Volturi.
Memorable movie quote: "You're acting like a pack of rabid dogs. And that, gentlemen, simply will not do." ('Underworld')


LAMAR MCKAY
Who he is in the BP scandal: President of BP America
Notable news quote: Louisiana Rep. Joseph Cao told him, "During the Samurai days, we just give you a knife and ask you to commit Hara-kiri."
We would cast: Villain expert Mark Strong, who played bad guys in 'Kick-Ass,' 'Robin Hood' and 'Sherlock Holmes.'
Memorable movie quote: "Playtime's over, kid." (to Hit Girl, in 'Kick-Ass')

CARL HENRIC SVANBERG
Who he is in the BP scandal: BP chairman
Notable news quote: "We care about the small people," referring to those injured by the spill
We would cast: Chris Cooper, whom we love playing men both devious and devout
Memorable movie quote: "This country is going straight to hell!" ('American Beauty')

JOE BARTON
Who he is in the BP scandal: Congressional representative from Texas
Notable news quote: "I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown. In this case, a $20 billion shakedown."
We would cast: 'Capote' Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman
Memorable movie quote: "I don't work for the CIA, I work for the Department of Agriculture." ('Charlie Wilson's War')

THAD ALLEN
Who he is in the BP scandal: Coast Guard Admiral, the federal point man in the response to the Gulf oil spill
Notable news quote: President Obama, on Allen's authority over BP: "If he orders BP to do something to respond to this disaster, they're legally bound to do it."
We would cast: 'Cheers' and 'Toy Story' star John Ratzenberger
Memorable movie quote: "You heard of Kung Fu? Well prepare yourself for pork chop." (as Hamm, the piggy bank in 'Toy Story 2')

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
Who he is in the BP scandal: President unlucky enough to have this disaster occur on his watch
Notable news quote: "[I want to know] whose ass to kick."
We would cast: Harry Lennix of 'Dollhouse' and 'Commander in Chief' TV fame, who just happens to be from Chicago.
Memorable TV quote "No, Mr. Vice President, you're the only one who cares about the country. The rest of us are just here for the book deals." (as Chief of Staff Jim Gardner on 'Commander in Chief')


Who would you cast? And did we forget any key players?