Will Ferrell Pulls Out Of Ronald Reagan ‘Alzheimer’s Comedy’ Film

Comedic actor Will Ferrell has decided to back out of a comedy about former U.S. president Ronald Reagan and his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease after outrage from Reagan’s family came pouring in. The movie titled “#Alzheimer’s” is a political satire written by Mike Rosolio, whose script was voted to the 2015 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. But most do not find the screeplay or idea of this film appropriate or funny.

Originally, Ferrell read the script for “Reagan” and considered starring in and producing the movie — but he has now had a change of heart. Hmm, I wonder why, could it be because this sounds like a totally tasteless and unfunny disaster? Ferrell’s publicists wouldn’t let on whether the decision was a direct result of Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis calling the movie “cruel” and Farrell “heartless”, but it stands to reason that this could absolutely be the reason. I mean come on right?

The defenders of the movie say that “#Alzheimers” is really a funny spoof about dementia. Ok. The “funny part” of the film is that Reagan has a second term where he had no idea what he was doing during the entire four years. How, pray tell, is that considered funny or original? Well, without reading it, it seems that the script was praised enough that other actors like James Brolin and Lena Dunham attending a reading for the script. Reagan’s family however has called it “stunningly insensitive.” I don’t even know if I care that it’s insensitive as much as I think this kind of premise seems hack. I’m no fan of Reagan as a president, but I don’t even really get how this can work.

Reagan’s daughter was quoted as saying about the movie:

“There’s nothing funny about Alzheimer’s. 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”

In addition, Michael Reagan (Patti’s brother) tweeted:

Ronald Reagan died at age 93 in 2004 after suffering from the disease.

[NY Post]