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There are two things that cannot be said for actor Will Ferrell. One is that he’s funny. (Actually, he was once, back in his days with “Saturday Night Live,” but he sold out long ago, striking out on his own to make sophomoric movies in return for buckets of money.)
The other thing that can’t be said for Ferrell is that he knows where “the line” is or when he’s crossed it. As a kneejerk (emphasis on “jerk”) liberal, he believes that all’s fair when it comes to skewering presidents as long as they have an “R” after their name.
Enter his newest comedic endeavor, described by “Variety”:
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 Ronald Reagan in the Black List script “Reagan.”
Penned by Mike Rosolio, the story begins at the start of the ex-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. [Emphasis added]
Dementia: What could be funnier?
Think of the comedic possibilities this opens up. Ferrell could play FDR, who was not only confined to a wheelchair (hilarious!) but at a time when polio, the disease with which he was inflicted, was known as infantile paralysis. Infantile: Ferrell could run around on screen wearing a an adult-size bib, babbling, drooling, and soiling his adult diaper. Of course, Roosevelt was a Democrat, so that Ferrell would need to make some adjustments to the script.