News broke Wednesday about a planned movie starring Will Ferrell as the late President Ronald Reagan. Simply titled Reagan, Variety reported, “the story begins at the start of the ex-president’s second term when he falls into dementia and an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.”This has to be in poor taste even from liberals like Ferrell. Lots of people struggle with Alzheimer's Disease so making some funny satire about Reagan having it is egregious. I mean if some asshole on the right made a movie about Rosa Parks (who died of Alzheimer's in 2005) that had the same sort of plot there would be howls of anger from all sides. Instead its about Reagan so some Hollywood scumbag thinks his disease is fair game.
In any case if this movie gets made I will no longer watch anything that would have Will Farrell in it. I think he is super funny and talented and have pretty much watched everything he has made other than the last two with Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Hart in them. He was one of the highlights of Saturday Night Live when he was on the show and his Harry Carey impression is without peer.
However, Regan was one of our better Presidents and making light of his illness is crass and grotesque. So much so that I can no longer put money in Farrell's pocket if I can help it. Hopefully, he will walk away from this and find something less offensive for his next project.