Shortly after the news broke, Ronald’s oldest son, Michael Reagan, took to Twitter to share his thoughts and SLAM the movie to tackling such a controversial subject saying, “Alzheimers is not a comedy it robs you then it kills you.”
Well in a surprising move, Ferrell has decided to pull out of the flick shortly after news dropped of his involvement!
A rep for the actor told ABC News that:
“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[n] ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”
Reagan’s daughter, and Michael’s half-sister, Patti Davis, also spoke out about her initial reaction to the SNL alum’s casting with a personal not to the actor saying:
“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.”
Though Patti has not updated her website or written a new letter since Will pulled out, Michael took to Twitter to commend the comedian on his decision tweeting:
We doubt that either of Ronald’s kids have a major problem with a film poking fun at their pops, but rather their outrage comes from poking fun at the disease their father suffered from.
The movie, written by Mike Rosolio, allegedly follows the former Prez during his second term as his dementia comes on. The twist comes when an intern is supposed to convince Reagan that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.
If this is meant to be a comedy as suggested, we get why people are so offended.
It certainly sounds like the film might be poking fun at a traumatic disease that family and friends have watched their loved ones suffer through.
Are you on board with Will dropping out of the project?!