- The Washington Times - Friday, April 29, 2016

Actor Will Ferrell has backed out of a satirical film about Ronald Reagan’s battle with dementia amid backlash from the former president’s children.

Reps for Mr. Ferrell confirmed to The New York Post Friday that the actor was abandoning the project but would not say whether the backlash was the reason for his decision.

“The REAGAN script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered,” a spokesperson told The Post. “While it is by no means a ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”

SEE ALSO: Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan’s daughter, pens open letter to Will Ferrell

Patti Davis, daughter of late President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, and her half-brother, Michael Reagan, have openly criticized the upcoming fictional film “Reagan,” in which an intern must convince the ailing president that he is an actor playing the U.S. president in a movie.

The film, written by Mike Rosolio, takes place during Reagan’s second term, though biographers have long debunked the notion that the former president suffered from dementia while in office.

“Alzheimer’s is the ultimate pirate, pillaging a person’s life and leaving an empty landscape behind,” Ms. Davis, 63, wrote in her blog Thursday. “It sweeps up entire families, forcing everyone to claw their way through overwhelming grief, confusion, helplessness, and anger. Perhaps for your comedy you would like to visit some dementia facilities. I have — I didn’t find anything comedic there, and my hope would be that if you’re a decent human being, you wouldn’t either.”

On Wednesday, Michael Reagan, tweeted, “What an [outrage]….Alzheimers [sic] is not [a] joke…It kills..You should be ashamed all of you.”

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