While comedian Will Ferrell has played a president before, being somewhat famous for his trademark impersonation of George W. Bush in his "Saturday Night Live" comedy sketches, the idea of his producing and staring in a so-called "dementia comedy," about President Ronald Reagan had many people anything but amused. Reports said about the proposed film, “it tells the story of an ambitious intern who is tasked with convincing Ronald Reagan that he is an actor playing the president in a movie, after he falls into dementia at the start of his second term.”
Word of the film stirred up some uproar among Reagan family and others. Reagan's daughter Patti wrote an open letter to Ferrell, saying, "You intend to portray my father in the throes of Alzheimer's for a comedy... I watched as fear invaded my father's eyes - this man who was never afraid of anything... Perhaps for your comedy you would like to visit some dementia facilities. I have - I didn't find anything comedic there, and my hope would be that if you're a decent human being, you wouldn't either."
Apparently the heated discussion on the subject of poking fun of the suffering of a President of the United States and his family due to the trauma of Alzheimers disease has caused second thought on the subject. As of the time of this writing, a representative of the actor Will Ferrell stated to FOXNews.com, "The ‘Reagan’ script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered…” and "While it is by no means an ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project."
If this is true it is a wise decision about what would have been a foolish move and movie.