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Will Ferrell pulls out of Ronald Reagan movie following family outcry

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Story by Jack Foley

WILL Ferrell has pulled out of Reagan following an outcry by the former US President’s family.

Just two days after it was first reported that the actor-comedian was going to play the actor-turned-President in a film based on a script by Mike Rosolio that was a Black List script for some time, news has emerged that he has now withdrawn following the backlash over the storyline.

The synopsis read: “When Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the Commander-In-Chief that he is an actor playing the President in a movie.”

But almost within hours of the announcement of Ferrell’s casting, Reagan’s supporters and his children, Patti Davis and Michael Reagan, voiced their criticism over the decision of the film to focus on Reagan succumbing to Alzheimer’s-induced dementia while in office.

Michael was the first to comment, taking to Twitter to tweeting that those involved in the film “should be ashamed”, before adding that “Alzheimer is not a comedy”. Alzheimer’s “first robs you of your mind and then it kills you”, he stated.

And the protests grew stronger on Friday when The Alzheimer’s Association released a statement slamming a movie that would make light of the serious illness.

It stated: “The Alzheimer’s Association is appalled that anyone would plan to develop a film that satirizes an individual living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Would filmmakers consider using a fatal form of cancer or another deadly disease for comedy? It’s time to stop this forever.”

This was followed by yet another statement from The Reagan foundation asserting their displeasure with Ferrell’s involvement.

It is not yet known whether Ferrell’s departure will spell the end for the project.

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