Stone Wants to Do Bush

Oliver Stone has set his sights on doing a movie about President Bush now that United Artists pulled the plug on his My Lai massacre movie. He’s already got a script and has approached Josh Brolin to play the title role. This is cute:

Stone declined to give his personal opinion of the president.”I can’t give you that, because the filmmaker has to hide in the work,” Stone said. “Here, I’m the referee, and I want a fair, true portrait of the man. How did Bush go from an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world? It’s like Frank Capra territory on one hand, but I’ll also cover the demons in his private life, his bouts with his dad and his conversion to Christianity, which explains a lot of where he is coming from. It includes his belief that God personally chose him to be president of the United States, and his coming into his own with the stunning, preemptive attack on Iraq.

Most people think that the president “came into his own” with the stunning, preemptive attack on New York, Ollie-boy.

Stone says that he wants to do a “behind the scenes” biopic like Nixon, his 1995 effort that ended in crushing box-office failure. He’s working with the same team that brought us Alexander, so I’d say he’s well on his way to making that a reality.


~ by Gabriel Malor on January 21, 2008.

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