After news broke that “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Ferrell will produce and star in a comedy about Ronald Reagan, as we reported earlier today, members of Reagan’s family went public with outrage over the project.
“The script, titled ‘Reagan,’ reportedly centers on a White House intern who is tasked with convincing the POTUS that he is an actor playing the president in a movie when the latter falls into dementia during his second term,” ET reports. “Ferrell is attached to star as the titular president.”
Michael Reagan and Patti Davis, the son and daughter of President Reagan, lashed out at the project, expressing concern over the use of Alzheimer’s disease as comedy fodder, the report notes.
Michael Reagan sent out a tweet saying: “What an [outrage]. Alzheimer’s is not a joke. It kills. You should be ashamed, all of you.”
Davis posted an open letter to Ferrell on her website, writing: “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.”
The letter also says: “Alzheimer’s doesn’t care if you are President of the United States or a dockworker. It steals what is most precious to a human being — memories, connections, the familiar landmarks of a lifetime that we all come to rely on to hold our place secure in this world and keep us linked to those we have come to know and love.”