The same week that Americans have been waxing nostalgic for their favorite fantasy liberal -- President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet in "The West Wing" -- the man who played him, Martin Sheen (left), has been cast as Uncle Ben, a comic-book paragon of virtue, in the forthcoming "Spider-Man" reboot.

Pairing him with Sally Field as Aunt May is one smart move. So is pairing Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man's first love. But let's hope Stacy is written as a sparkling college coed (do people still use the word "coed?") the way she was in the original comic. Even though Stone's recent hit, "Easy A," was funny and charming, believing that the sassy, stunning Stone started out as a nearly-invisible high school student required some heavy lifting in the suspension-of-disbelief department.

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By the way, for those who can't get enough of Sheen's President Bartlet, Warner Brothers announced today that all seven seasons of "The West Wing" are  available in high definition through on-demand retailers like iTunes and Amazon. WB's digital distribution has also posted an interview with "West Wing" executive producer and frequent director Thomas Schlamme.  (Click here .)

Winging through the Internet this morning brought home how short the public memory has become of even beloved performers. Many know Field from her Emmy-winning roles in "ER" and "Brothers and Sisters," not from her Oscar-winning parts in "Norma Rae" and "Places in the Heart" or her indisputably great (and also Emmy-winning) performance as the multiple personality in the TV miniseries "Sybil." Few know Sheen at his very best as the the title character of Lamont Johnson's "The Execution of Private Slovik," the TV-movie that made Francis Ford Coppola think of him for "Apocalypse Now."("Slovik" also marked the debut of a very young and not-yet-troubled Charlie Sheen.)

How far back do you go with Martin Sheen and Sally Field? And what do you think of the "Spider-Man" casting so far? (Rhys Ifans has been pegged for the villain, who is now thought to be the Lizard.)

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