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Monday July 28, 2008 4:50 pm

W. Trailer Hits the Internet

Josh Brolin as W.The United States of America, to date, has had forty-three different men at the helm of control. The first to hold the highest office in the land - President - was a war hero named George. The most current incumbent to celebrate this role is also (albeit somewhat dubiously) a war hero named George.

And I happen to be one of those who believe this current George will have far more historical significance than even his very first predecessor. Thanks to a director/filmmaker named Oliver Stone, President will secure at least a place in cinematic history by virtue of Stone’s new biopic on the man, dubbed simply W..

One letter that somehow says so much. Stone has publicly said the movie will be a “fair, true portrait” of Dubya’s Presidency. Several Bush biographers looked over Stone’s script before production began, each agreeing that certain facts depicted in the film (including a drunken fistfight between Dubya and his famous daddy) are in fact true, as is Karl Rove’s supposed White House nickname “Turdblossom.”

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The official movie trailer has been released, and it’s incredibly powerful. Quick flashes of scenes show a drunken, raging W. bonging beer, playing cards, walking into a cell block in his Yale college sweats and swinging on George H. W. Bush in an inebriated rage. The trailer then asks how a man such as this could find himself in the White House. I believe the HBO film Recount can shed at least a little light on this subject. When you’re done, check out the History Channel footage of the ballot-tallying machines used in the 2000 election (and the myriad of problems associated therein).

“Who do you think you are?” George H. W. demands of his son in one scene. “A Kennedy?”

plays the famous man in the movie, with James Cromwell starring as father George H. W. Bush. Laura Bush will be portrayed by Elizabeth Banks. Ellen Burstyn stars as Barbara Bush, Noah Wyle will play Donald Evans and Richard Dreyfuss will play Vice President Dick Cheney.

In a quote, is noted as saying this about the flick: “How did Bush go from an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world?”

As if alcoholic bums had never before been elected. Stone’s W is slated for an October release and filming is already well underway. Still not convinced you want to see the biopic? Take a look at this compelling trailer and see if you don’t change your mind:


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