Oliver Stone’s movie W (or Dub-ya) is getting ready to start filming and here’s Josh Brolin as George W. Bush himself. Kind of creepy how good the likeness is. There’s a huge article in Entertainment Weekly including an interview with Oliver Stone.
Stone has publicly promised W will be a ”fair, true portrait of the man,” but already there are those accusing him of the politics of personal destruction – and, worse, of trying to influence the election by painting the current Republican administration as reckless doofuses (although presumptive Republican nominee John McCain makes no appearance in the script). Naturally, Stone vehemently denies all charges. ”Bush may turn out to be the worst president in history,” he declares as he peeks into room after room. ”I think history is going to be very tough on him. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t a great story. It’s almost Capra-esque, the story of a guy who had very limited talents in life, except for the ability to sell himself. The fact that he had to overcome the shadow of his father and the weight of his family name – you have to admire his tenacity. There’s almost an Andy Griffith quality to him, from A Face in the Crowd. If Fitzgerald were alive today, he might be writing about him. He’s sort of a reverse Gatsby.”
This will be a real interesting movie. People are so polarized when taking about Bush that it’s amazing. The end result will be something to have a look at.