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Oliver Stone to make President Bush film "W." starring Josh Brolin in the Title Role






"How did Bush go from an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world?"

 - Oliver Stone -- Oliver Stone director of such films like Wall Street and Platoon as well as Bio Epics like Alexander, Nixon and JFK will be shooting another Bio Epic W. on current president George W. Bush. Josh Brolin ( No Country for Old Men) is set to play the President and Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush and James Cromwell as Bush Sr.


Interestingly this project is being developed by Oliver Stone after his failed attempt to convince Iran's controversial President Ahmadinejad on making a documentary film in the lines of what he did with Cuban President Fidel Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez both of whom stand out as iconic anti-American and revolutionary leaders of the Third World.


Too Bad for you Mahmood ! ...;0)




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Stone to make President Bush film


Director Oliver Stone's next film will be about US President George W Bush, he has told Daily Variety.


Stone, 61, said he wanted to make "a fair, true portrait" of the president that would contain surprises for "Bush supporters and his detractors".


He said he was in talks with No Country For Old Men star Josh Brolin to play President Bush.


Stone has previously made films about former presidents John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon.


Stone said he was currently securing financial backers for the film but hoped production would begin in April.


 Master of Controversy and Hollywood Bio Epics ©imdb


He said the script, written by Stanley Weiser - his co-writer for the 1987 Wall Street film - had been completed before the start of the ongoing US writers' strike in November.


In the past, Stone has been critical of Mr Bush's "overreaction" to the 9/11 attacks, saying the president had "set the country back 10 years".


But speaking to Daily Variety, he said he would not give a personal opinion of Mr Bush because "the film-maker has to hide in the work".


"Here I'm the referee and I want a fair, true portrait of the man," he said.


"How did Bush go from an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world?"


The film would include a look at the president's "belief that God personally chose him to be president of the United States and his coming into his own with the stunning, pre-emptive attack on Iraq", he added.


At  odd's with Political Correctness, Oliver Stone's

Virile and personal approach have resulted to some very interesting and eye-opening documentary portraits. Too Bad for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ! ©imdb & AP



'Movie-star swagger'


Stone said he was hopeful of securing the services of Brolin - who has also been seen recently in American Gangster.


"Josh is actually better looking than Bush but has the same drive and charisma that Americans identify with Bush, who has some of that old-time movie-star swagger," Stone added.


He said he was upset when film company United Artists halted production of his Pinkville film - based on the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam - at the end of last year.


United Artists cited the writers' strike as the reason for that - despite the script already being finished.


But Stone said: "On Pinkville, I had a great script and one of the best casts on any of my films with 40 young actors and Bruce Willis.


"It's a shame they lost faith in the film and that they unemployed 500 people right before Christmas. We were three weeks from shooting."


He said he wanted to revive Pinkville in the future.


Bio Epic's or Self Portrait's ? As with Alexander or Nixon, Stone seems to have a nearly Buddhist empathy with his anti-hero movie protagonists. A nearly Schizophrenic fascination drives him to physically and psychologically identify the historical characters and dilemma's depicted in his films with his own persona at different ages and stages of life ©




Authors Notes:


Oliver Stone's filmography


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About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant. He is international Correspondent for OCPC Magazine and contributes to the IC publications of The Middle East. and Persian Heritage.


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