Uh oh! Will Ferrell has pulled out of an upcoming Ronald Reagan film depicting his final months as an Alzheimer’s patient and President of the United States. The role was surrounded by controversy from fans who thought it would be disrespectful. Here’s the scoop.
Unfortunately, Will Ferrell’s new Ronald Reagan bio pic is a no-go. Some fans were very offended by the film, and were afraid it would become an “Alzheimer’s comedy.” Will has left the project amid all the controversy. We have all the details, right here.
Both fans and family members were freaked out by the film about Ronald, which was described by Variety as opening “at the start of the then-president’s second term, when he falls into dementia. An ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president http://hollywoodlife.com/2016/02/08/will-ferrell-late-show-animals-stephen-colbert/in a movie.”
After a ton of backlash, Will’s rep told Page Six on April 29 that he has withdrawn from it, while promising that it was never meant to be funny. “The ‘Reagan’ script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means an ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”
Ronald’s kids Patti Davis and Michael Reagan rushed to applaud Will for choosing to leave. “I am so relieved that Will has decided against this film,” said Patti. “I can’t imagine that anybody else would sign onto it.” Meanwhile, Michael tweeted “Thank you for taking the right path.”
Both kids and the Alzheimer’s Association vehemently opposed the film from the start. The AA released a tatement saying “The Alzheimer’s Association is appalled that anyone would plan to develop a film that satirizes an individual living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Would filmmakers consider using a fatal form of cancer or another deadly disease for comedy? It’s time to stop this forever.”
#Alzheimers is not a comedy to the 5 million people who are suffering with the decease,it first robs you of your mind and then it kills you
— Michael Reagan (@ReaganWorld) April 29, 2016
Patti’s desperate plea was totally heartbreaking as well. “There’s nothing funny about Alzheimer’s,” she told Page Six. “It is terrifying for the families of those who suffer from it. They live with the fear [of] what will change next, they have to live with this terror and grief every day. This movie is cruel, not just to my father, but to the millions of people who have the disease, and the millions more who care for them and watch them suffer every day.” Poor thing! We’re so glad Will made a good choice.
HollywoodLifers – do you think Will made the right choice backing out of the film? Share your thoughts with us.