I can find something to laugh at in almost anything, but there are limits, and mocking someone with dementia is going over the line.
Having already famously portrayed former President George W. Bush in various comedy sketches, Will Ferrell is now setting his sights on another former commander-in-chief.
Sources tell Variety Ferrell is attached to star as President Reagan in the Black List script “Reagan.”
Penned by Mike Rosolio, the story begins 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.
I don’t know how anyone finds that funny. Sure, we made jokes about Reagan and his age and his B-list movie career, but when it became known that he had Alzheimer’s disease, that should have put it out of bounds. Dementia is hell, especially for the people who have to take care of the patient, and exploiting it for laughs and money is just plain cruel.