In this article, Dean Barnett argues that Fred Thompson's problem is that he is like Beowulf. That's Beowulf the film, not Beowulf the character. Regardless of what you think of the politics, he's right on the money in discussing the problem with the animation of the film.
And in this new book, Beowulf for Business (which has been discussed in so many circles that I can't cite them all), we discover that to be Beowulf is a good thing ... or at least a profitable thing.
So, to recap: Politicians being Beowulf, bad. Businessmen being Beowulf, good.