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Oliver Stone and Josh Brolin Talk "W"

Posted: July 1st, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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The Los Angeles Times visited the set of "W," the upcoming Oliver Stone-directed film about the life of current President George W Bush. One thing that Stone wanted to make perfectly clear is that the film will not bash Bush, but will simply look at how he went from a hard-drinking C student to leader of the free world.

"We are trying to walk in the footsteps of W and try to feel like he does, to try to get inside his head. But it's never meant to demean him," Stone said. "'W' isn't an overly serious movie, but it is a serious subject. It's a Shakespearean story. ... I see it as the strange unfolding of American democracy as I have lived it."

What fascinated stone about Bush is that "he won a huge amount of people to his side after making a huge amount of blunders and really lying to people."

Many actors wanted nothing to do with this movie, including Robert Duvall, who turned down the chance to play Vice President Dick Cheney. Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men) was dead set against it as well, but later agreed to play the title role.

"When Oliver asked me, I said, 'Are you crazy? Why would I want to do this with my little moment in my career?'" Brolin recalled. Then, early one morning during a family ski trip, Brolin read Weiser's original screenplay. "It was very different than what I thought it would be, which was a far-left hammering of the president."

Brolin continued: "It's not a political movie. It's a biography. People will remember that this guy is human, when we are always [outside of the movie] dehumanizing him, calling him an idiot, a puppet, a failed president. We want to know in the movie: How does a guy grow up and become the person that he did?"

The $30 million film will cover Bush's life from 1967 to 2004 and will be divided into three acts: Bush's hard-living youth, his personal and religious conversion, and finally his first term in the Oval Office.

Click here to read more about "W."

Source: Los Angeles Times


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