Will Ferrell will be playing the role of Ronald Reagan in a dark comedy about the late president’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The movie is set to begin at the start of the “then-president’s second term when he falls into dementia and an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie,” according to Variety.
Now, Patti Davis, the daughter of Reagan, has written an open letter in which she urges Will to reconsider the movie.
“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,” she writes. “I watched as fear invaded my father’s eyes—this man who was never afraid of anything. I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, ‘I don’t know where I am.’ I watched helplessly as he reached for memories, for words, that were suddenly out of reach and moving farther away. For ten long years he drifted—past the memories that marked his life, past all that was familiar…and mercifully, finally past the fear. There was laughter in those years, but there was never humor.”
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