Yet Another Presidential Biopic

Just a month after Oliver Stone announced that he was planning a George W. Bush biopic, Ridley Scott has announced that he is doing the same. Except this time around it is about my other favorite Republican, Ronald Reagan and his dealings with ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Ridley Scott ‘plans Reagan movie’ – from BBC News [source]

Sir Ridley Scott is to make a film about late US president Ronald Reagan’s
dealings with ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, according to reports.

The still untitled project will focus on the 1986 arms control summit
that took place in Reykjavik, Iceland.

“I want to show who they were and why they did what they did,” Sir
Ridley told the Hollywood Reporter.

No casting has been announced, though the film-maker is quoted as
saying that “physical resemblance is secondary”.

“It’s less about visible appearance, more about the acting,” he told
the US trade journal.

Representatives from Sir Ridley’s Scott Free production company have
visited Reykjavik and obtained permission to use the historic house where the
summit took place.

No agreement was reached at the summit, though enough was achieved to
bring about a nuclear disarmament treaty the following year.

“Their actions helped shape history, paving the way for the end of the
Cold War,” said Sir Ridley, who reportedly plans to release the film in 2009.

The director’s most recent film, crime epic American Gangster,
was released last year.

His next – Body of Lies, a thriller about a reporter on the trail
of an al-Qaeda leader – will be released this autumn.

Mr Reagan, who died in June 2004, and Mr Gorbachev were previously
played by actors Robert Beatty and Timothy West in the 1987 TV movie Breakthrough at Reykjavik.

Other actors who have portrayed the late US president on screen include
James Brolin, Richard Crenna and Rip Torn.

“You have to acknowledge the physicality,” said Scott. “Reagan was tall
and elegant while Gorbachev was stocky, like a front row rugby player.”

“In some ways, Gorbachev is easier to cast. Reagan is more colourful.”

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Wow. I am so excited for this movie. I just can’t contain myself. Then again, I probably shouldn’t be this cynical. Afterall, I was only alive for four months of Reagan’s presidency and I did enjoy King’s Row. (At least I think I did. Is that the one where he has no legs?)

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