Will Ferrell pulls out of Ronald Reagan film amid backlash

by Jessica Chasmar  |  published on April 30, 2016

Actor Will Ferrell has backed out of a satirical film about Ronald Reagan’s battle with dementia amid backlash from the former president’s children.

Reps for Mr. Ferrell confirmed to The New York Post Friday that the actor was abandoning the project but would not say whether the backlash was the reason for his decision.

“The REAGAN script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered,” a spokesperson told The Post. “While it is by no means a ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”

Patti Davis, daughter of late President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, and her half-brother, Michael Reagan, have openly criticized the upcoming fictional film “Reagan,” in which an intern must convince the ailing president that he is an actor playing the U.S. president in a movie.

The film, written by Mike Rosolio, takes place during Reagan’s second term, though biographers have long debunked the notion that the former president suffered from dementia while in office.

  • Gary Smith

    This is not a subject for comedy!

  • James G. Mothes

    Why would anyone choose to make fun of anyone that suffers the effect of such a terrible illness? Let alone someone who is regarded as one of the best Presidents ever. It shows how low the liberals can stoop in order to belittle conservatives. I wonder if that POS Will Ferrell would have had the decency to refuse this role if there was no backlash? It is further proof of how sick Hollywood liberals really are!!!

  • 1775concord

    Whatever the reason for his pullout…
    This is just another leftist attack on Republicans/conservatives.
    They lie to achieve their goals, and have no problem with conscience while doing it.
    They did the same thing with Sarah Palin, with a skewed version of the book “Game Change” designed to make SP look clueless, and programmed to come out during the 2012 campaign, in case SP ran. And the female actress who portrayed SP, scummy liberal that she is, won an award. At least the movie showed what a leftist traitor to the McCain campaign Nicolle Wallace was.
    Amazing that R Reagan functioned so well 1985-1989 that he was still able to topple the Soviet Union!

  • Deb

    Thank you Will for having the sense to pull that film, it is a sensative subject with horrendous outcomes.

  • PC Bob

    The liberals AND the Democrat Party will go to ANY means to discredit and demonize the Republicans and the Tea Party, too! All in the name of good fun, of course! Don’t make the mistake of doing the same thing to ANY liberal or Democrat, though!

  • Bob

    How about a movie where the President of the US uses his office to sexually harass and force himself on women, while his idiotic wife blames all others for his foibles and a gullible electorate and complicit media eat it up? I’d actually pay to see that one.

    • PC Bob

      I think we already HAVE seen that one! In real, live 3D action! And now, they are trying to do a remake, with his wife taking the reins! That gives the ex-President more time and opportunity to chase all the skirts in DC! His wife, as usual, will blame it on all those ‘Bimbos!’ It’s a sequel.

  • David in MA

    Smart move, Actor Will Ferrell, Now if you did Obama as a bumbling Islamic Marxist fool, I bet no one would object.

  • Pattie

    No one with a disease or handicap should be ridiculed..

    • David Stewart

      And liberals have both!

  • exoticdoc2

    Even when he had dementia Reagan was still far superior to the Obamanation.

    • AKLady2015

      Why do you embarrass America with childish name calling?
      That is something most children give up by the 2nd or 3rd grade.
      Why would anyone agree with a adult who is that immature?

      • Phil Esposito

        That’s “an adult”. Pickle lips.

        • AKLady2015

          Is “pickle lips” the new insult you learned today?

          Why do you engage in childish sexual innuendo?

          Why do you embarrass America with childish name calling?

          That is something most children give up by the 2nd or 3rd grade.

          Why would anyone agree with a adult who is that immature?

      • PC Bob

        Sounds like sour grapes, to me! A bit thin skinned, are we?

        • AKLady2015

          Why would anyone agree with an adult who is that immature?

    • Phil Esposito

      Hey exoticdoc2- pay no attention to AKLady2015. She is one of those Hillary minions that are paid to get on conservative sites and fight with everybody. I had a few riffs with her (or it) lately. She really hates it when you call her “pickle lips”. lol

  • Steve Gifford

    It doesn’t matter to me if he was starting to have dimentia in his second term. All I know is he was a great president and we haven’t had a better one since. Dimentia is not a crime it is a journey. It would only be bad if he were unfit to be president and those around him let him run anyway. But if he was unfit I wish we could get a few others that are as unfit as president.

  • Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon

    Will now that you have time you must consider the role of Bill Clinton in the satira film where he rapes Paula Jones and other women in Arkansas in which Hillary is portrayed as her enabler. I am sure Susan Saradon will take the role of Hillary despite all the distate she professes for Hillary.

  • Yodle

    Losing ones memory is no comedy. “I am afraid that I don’t know who you are.” That statement causes pain beyond belief and lefties think that it is funny?
    More of the sickness of the left which is no joke either.
    They will find another approach since this is to raise the muzzie’s legacy by tearing down Reagan’s.
    95 million people not in the workforce any more and they talk about “job creation”. 5% unemployment? Now there is some comedy. 20 to 30 TRILLION debt ha ha (who knows since they lie)!
    Anyone remember the hit job that they did on Thomas Jefferson a few years ago. Now it is Ron’s turn.
    535+- new citizens to Gitmo might be a way to start term limits?

  • David Stewart

    Know not if he was indeed stricken in his second term, but on his last day in office his thought processes were in EVER WAY superior to ANY day of Obama’s reign!

    • AKLady2015

      I have bad news for you — Nancy was in charge for the majority of Reagan’s two terms.

      • Phil Esposito

        How much is Hildebeast paying you for this behavior pickle lips?.

        • AKLady2015

          Grow up.
          Your sexual focus is so cildish.

          • Phil Esposito

            Listen pickle lips, I’m doing this to get under your skin. I see you going to these conservative sites and hounding everyone when there is no possible way you’re a conservative. BTW it’s spelled “childish”.lol

          • AKLady2015

            BTW it is spelled “typographical error.”

      • PC Bob

        And she did a SUPERB job, too! That is, if you believe all those BS stories!

        • AKLady2015

          Study the onset and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Reagan demnstrated mild cognitive impairment while he was still in office. The personality and behavior changes were becoming more evident as time passed.

          His adversaries often suggested his penchant for contradictory statements, forgetting names and seeming absent-mindedness could be linked to dementia.

        • David Stewart

          Bob, AK lady telleth not much truth!

  • Anthony

    One of the Best USA Presidents the USA ever had, that great man is gone let him be at peace God Bless His Soul. He is in good Company.

    • AKLady2015

      Asserted the power to control the execution of laws directly.

      The tax cuts of 1981 were designed to lower federal revenues over a five year period in the amount of $737 billion, tripling the national debt — all of into the hand of the upper 1%.

      The Iran-Contra Affair in which arms were traded for hostages and the proceeds were given to the anti-communist rebels, the Contras in Nicaragua.

      The Robert Bork appointment to the Supreme Court

      The failure in Lebanon. Reagan encouraging the Israel invasion and sending in the Marines with insufficient forces for their mission

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