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Tuesday April 8, 2008 1:06 pm

Oliver Stone to Put W in George W. Bush

President George W. Bush , director Oliver Stone is going to take on the subject that has created strife, laughs, tears and terror - the presidency of a man named George W. Bush.

At that time (January), Stone said he was going to create “a fair, true portrait” of the man we all call Dubya. It’s now April, and the film is making ready for its start date (the 21st). The script has already been given to Bush biographers. Okay, I haven’t read it. However, according to some reports the script is said to depict Bush as “foul-mouthed,” “obsessed,” and shows a complicated relationship between himself and Bush, Sr.

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Go to any video store and you’ll find plenty of movies about plenty of former presidents. What makes W (the title of the film) different? For starters, the president this movie portrays is still in office. Because the movie will feature controversial subjects such as the Iraq war and 9/11, it’s already creating a whole lot of Washington waves.

Allegedly, much of the script is steeped in fact, but the portrayal of Bush and his closest advisors is said to be a bit “over-the-top.” One Bush biographer, Robert Draper, had this to say: “It leaves you with the impression that the White House is run as a fraternity house with no reverence for hierarchy, the office itself or the implications of policy.” Wait. Is he still talking about the script…or Bush’s tenure in office?

The movie will begin filming in Louisiana and will star and James Cromwell as Dubya. One of Stone’s goals is to release the film before Bush leaves office, potentially even before America votes in November. As of right now, however, no Stateside distributor is linked with the project, which could hamper this ambitious release date. has not offered any comment, but the screenwriter of W (Stanley Weiser) had this to say: “I have no comment other than the fact that I have read 17 books on Bush.” Poor guy.

One of the movie producers also made a statement: “W will not be a documentary. It will be a compelling account of the actions and motivations of this president, fully guided by facts that have been established and documented.” Oliver Stone is responsible for such films as JFK and Nixon, both of which earned big at the box office.

The four biographers pointed to some scenes in the script as being inaccurate, but all four did agree on the accuracy of one where Dubya comes home, inebriated, and challenges his father to a fistfight. All also agreed that “Turdblossom” was a nickname given to Karl Rove. At the end of the day, none of the four said they were opposed to the script or the story - though some still debate the accuracy of the overall body of work.



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