Will Ferrell Pulls Out of Reagan Comedy

Will Ferrell has reportedly pulled out of a role in a controversial comedy about President Ronald Reagan’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The Reagan Foundation released a statement condemning the project this week, and Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis penned an open letter asking the actor to drop out. After all the backlash, the 48-year-old comedic actor announced Friday that he no longer had plans to go ahead with the film. The satirical script has lived on Hollywood’s “Black List”—the top unproduced scripts—for several years before it became attached to Ferrell and his production company. It depicts a second-term Reagan suffering from dementia and being assisted by an intrepid young intern who tricks him into thinking he’s still an actor and must perform his greatest role as a president.