Two days after it was announced that Will Ferrell was set to play Ronald Reagan in a slapstick that induces illuminated the former US chairpeople adversity with Alzheimers, the comedian has backed out of the project altogether following outrage from the former chairpeople family. On Wednesday, Variety reported that Ferrell was attached to superstar in and produce Reagan, a new slapstick from novelist Mike Rosolio, which begins at the start of the then-presidents second word where reference is begins to show symptoms of dementia. The plot centers on an intern, charged with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie. Rosolios script became hot property after building it onto the Black List, Hollywoods annual catalogue of the top screenplays not to be made into movies. Lena Dunham headed a live read-through of the script in Los Angeles in March, with James Brolin as Reagan. Publicity for the event described the screenplay as a hilarious political satire. The news of Ferrells casting prompted Reagans daughter, Patti Davis, to excoriate Ferrell in a letter published Thursday on the Daily Beast. Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimers and other versions of dementia, David challenged the actor. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous. Reagans son, Michael Reagan, tweeted that Farrell and the film-makers should be ashamed for taunting his fathers illness. He added, Alzheimers is not a gag
Former Reagan staffer James Rosebush also weighed in, telling Fox& Friends that Reagan did not suffer from Alzheimers in his second word, and the movie was an egregious attempt to rewrite presidential history, which to rephrase Ronald Reagan, will fall on the ash heap of history. He also criticized the timing of the proclamation, which fell weeks after Nancy Reagans demise. The New York Postreported that Farrell wont corroborate if his decision to pull out of the project was a direct result of the immediate backlash.
Davis expressed gratitude at the development, telling the newspaper: I am so relieved that Will has decided against this film. I cant imagine that anybody else would sign onto it. Read more: www.theguardian.com