It’s been 25 years since President Thomas Whitmore gave his stirring speech before Earthlings took on the invading aliens in Independence Day. Today, Bill Pullman reprised the role for a new address to celebrate the looming Fourth of July holiday.
OK, it’s really an ad for Budweiser beer — but a pretty fun one. Have a look above.
“In less than a week,” Pullman’s Whitmore says, in addressing the country, “we hope to fire up our grills and launch one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the history of the United States.”
“The United States. Those words have new meaning for us all today. Whether you drive a pickup or a hybrid, you live in the Heartland or on the coast or whether you pronounce it America or ‘Murica — we’re all Americans. Seldom on the same page but reading from the same book.”
The Tucker Gates-directed clip cuts between Pullman and folks watching and nodding along. Among them are bar patrons, Times Square tourists, the guy and dog in the RV in the desert, and even a guard posted at the gate of Area 51. As the rhetoric segues to a collective rebirth after the interminable Covid lockdowns, Pullman delivers the amended key line from the 1996 blockbuster film: “Together, we celebrate our Independence Day.”
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