Will Ferrell Slammed For Ronald Reagan Alzheimer’s Comedy Movie
President Ronald Reagan’s family is livid over the upcoming Will Ferrell comedy “Reagan” focusing on the late president’s battle with Alzheimer’s.
Patti Davis penned a scathing open letter to Ferrell on Friday.
She wrote (via PEOPLE):
“Alzheimer’s doesn’t care if you are President of the United States or a dockworker,” she wrote. “It steals what is most precious to a human being – memories, connections, the familiar landmarks of a lifetime that we all come to rely on to hold our place secure in this world and keep us linked to those we have come to know and love.”
Davis recalled having to watch her father succumb to the disease, slowly losing the essence of who he once was.
“I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, ‘I don’t know where I am.’ I watched helplessly as he reached for memories, for words, that were suddenly out of reach and moving farther away,” she wrote. “For ten long years he drifted – past the memories that marked his life, past all that was familiar … and mercifully, finally past the fear.”
Reagan’s son Michael Reagan also protested the movie on social media:
#Alzheimers is not a comedy to the 5 million people who are suffering with the decease,it first robs you of your mind and then it kills you
— Michael Reagan (@ReaganWorld) April 29, 2016
This movie is really in poor taste. What the hell happened to Will Ferrell? So disappointed.
I think Patti Davis summed it up best that there is laughter, but there is no humor.