“Saturday Night Live” alum Will Ferrell is scrapping a comedy about Ronald Reagan’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease, saying he had been considering starring in and producing the movie but is no longer involved.
The project, “Reagan,” sparked outrage from the family of the former president, as we reported yesterday.
The New York Post’s Page Six quotes a spokesperson for Ferrell saying: “The ‘Reagan’ script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means [an] ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”
Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis is quoted in the report saying: “There’s nothing funny about Alzheimer’s. It is terrifying for the families of those who suffer from it. They live with the fear [of] what will change next, they have to live with this terror and grief every day. This movie is cruel, not just to my father, but to the millions of people who have the disease, and the millions more who care for them and watch them suffer every day.”