Will Ferrell

Political pundits often wonder why the United States seems to be falling apart at the seams. There are many reasons for the slow-motion implosion, but one of them relates a cultural celebration of men and women whose principal appeal among fans is that they have no shame.

When a famous individual with no shame becomes a partisan political hack, one might say a dark spark occurs within them and you get what appears to be a soulless ghoul. There is no low that a ghoul will not go to destroy his political enemies, even if the result is a pyrrhic victory.

Will Ferrell’s decision to shop around a dementia romp about former President Ronald Reagan is an excellent example of America’s cultural hatchet men.

Variety reported Wednesday:

“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.

The script was so popular following its announcement on the Black List, an annual catalog of the top unproduced scripts in Hollywood, that a live read was recently done in March starring Lena Dunham and John Cho.”

Only to a sick soul does Alzheimer’s disease become an opportunity for knee-slapping good times at the local movie theater. Imagine the “fun” Mr. Ferrell could have if he found out Ronald Reagan was molested as a child or that a close friend of his died of cancer…

If you ever wondered why it seems increasingly harder for people to disagree without being disagreeable, then look no further than the anointed purveyors of cool within the entertainment industry — the Will Ferrells and Lena Dunhams of the world love to lather themselves up in the politics of personal destruction and then fling it around with drive and purpose. They claim to love America, but the reality is quite different. They lust for a world that is as sick and twisted as whatever it is inside them that makes dementia a launching pad for political attacks.

Update, Friday, April 29: It looks like the backlash finally got to Mr. Ferrell. He has now backed out of the project.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

5 comments

  1. Can’t say I’m surprised. Ferrell’s career has largely been a train wreck for years, and he got crowded out by Hollywood’s other media appealers; he desperately needs a way to stay relevant and get work.

    “Imagine the “fun” Mr. Ferrell could have if he found out Ronald Reagan was molested as a child”

    Hell, if Corey Feldman’s accusations are to be believed, Hollywood is a-okay with child molestation. Funny, I recall a lot of Catholics being disgusted with the way Church handled its scandal; I also recall Hollywood people desperately trying ignore claims like Feldman’s, as well as signing petitions demanding Roman Polanski be let off the hook. Go figure.

    “They claim to love America, but the reality is quite different. They lust for a world that is as sick and twisted as whatever it is inside them that makes dementia a launching pad for political attacks.”

    But if you just had an unkind word for Ferrell, Dunham, or the rest, they’d demand a safe space. Again, go figure.

    1. “He desperately needs a way to stay relevant and get work.”

      I always thought Ferrell’s best performances were in supporting roles and smaller parts. Most of his movies are 10 percent hilarious and 90 percent forgettable. It often feels like they have just a general story outline and then tell him to just go to town with the improv. That’s why I stopped seeing his movies in the theaters long ago.

  2. News reports today say that Ferrell has backed out of this. I guess the prospect of being hated by nearly everyone was enough to get through his thick skull.

    1. “News reports today say that Ferrell has backed out of this. I guess the prospect of being hated by nearly everyone was enough to get through his thick skull.”

      It will be interesting to see just how much damage his initial decision will do to his career. He did reverse course after the fierce backlash, but this is one of those things that people will not forget for a long time. It’s one thing to take stupid political jabs at Republicans, but going after Reagan by using the guy’s mental health is just downright disgusting.

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