Will Ferrell Exits Ronald Reagan Alzheimer’s Movie After Backlash
Will Ferrell will not be playing Ronald Reagan in a proposed comedy movie after all. He has apparently pulled out of the project in the wake of backlash criticizing the film for making light of Alzheimer’s disease.
As Gossip Cop reported, it was said earlier this week that Ferrell would star in a comedic film inspired by Reagan’s last years in office. He was unknowingly beginning to suffer from Alzheimer’s at the time, the disease which ultimately killed him. The fictionalized movie plot was to revolve around an intern convincing Ferrell’s memory-challenged Reagan that he was an actor playing the president.
The late president’s son and daughter both publicly slammed the project, pointing out that’s there nothing funny about a serious illness that affects million of people and their families. But on Friday, Ferrell’s rep said he is no longer involved with the production. The spokesperson says in a statement, “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 a ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”
It was originally said that Ferrell intended to produce the movie, too. He has not personally commented on the controversy. It’s not clear if the project will now go forward with a different team. Gossip Cop will update should things change again.