Will Ferrell Drops Out of Controversial ‘Reagan’ Comedy
Entertainment| | By Sara Wilkins
Will Ferrell is no longer attached to star in a new comedy about late President Ronald Reagan and his battle with Alzheimer’s disease after a public uproar.
News of the Anchorman star’s new project surfaced on Wednesday, when it was revealed he would portray the 40th president in a film called Reagan. The comedy was set to follow an intern who is given the task of convincing the ailing politician he is an actor portraying the commander-in-chief in a movie.
The idea behind the quirky film was met with mixed reaction, with Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, making it clear she’s not a fan of the film – or Ferrell’s casting – in a passionate open letter to the actor on her blog, insisting her father’s disease was no laughing matter.
She wrote, “Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous.”
Her brother Michael Reagan also slammed the film, and the controversy has since prompted Ferrell to step away from the project.
“The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered,” a representative for the funnyman tells the New York Post‘s Page Six.
“While it is by no means a ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ (sic) as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”
Michael Reagan has since taken to Twitter to thank Ferrell for “taking the right path.”
The actor had also been set to produce the movie.