Will Ferrell is skipping out on the Gipper.
The 48-year-old actor was set to play the lead role in "Reagan," a satirical comedy about the former president, but on Friday a rep said he's no longer attached to the project.
"The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered," a spokesperson for Ferrell said in an email to The Times. "While it is by no means an 'Alzheimer's comedy' as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project."
In the script, President Reagan is sinking into
The news that Ferrell would play a dementia-stricken Reagan was met with contempt from Ronald Reagan's children, as well as conservatives who objected to the negative portrayal of the Republican icon and Alzheimer's advocates who didn't find the idea of a person suffering from the disease particularly funny.
News that Ferrell was dropping was first reported by the New York Post, which ran the original news under the headline "Gipper Flick Fury."
"Alzheimer’s is the ultimate pirate, pillaging a person’s life and leaving an empty landscape behind," Reagan's daughter, Patti Davis, wrote in an open letter on her website. "Perhaps you would like to explain to them how this disease is suitable material for a comedy."
Evidently, he has no desire to do that.