Will Ferrell will not star as Ronald Reagan in a controversial project about the late president's struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
A spokesman for Ferrell told the New York Post's Page Six: "The REAGAN script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means a ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”
The late president’s oldest son, Michael, tweeted:
Thankyou for taking the right path.If u want to know more about the decease contact myself or Patti. https://t.co/GGAVV8fyoR— Michael Reagan (@ReaganWorld) April 29, 2016
Ferrell came under fire this week after it was announced that he would portray the president during his second term in office when some say, Reagan may have been showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease, which eventually killed him.
Ronald Reagan, who famously traveled from Hollywood into politics, wasn't officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s until 1994, five years after he left the White House. He died in 2004.