Stone Gears Up for ‘W’
Posted on May 8, 2008
Entertainment Weekly has released first-look photos of actor Josh Brolin in character for his lead role in Oliver Stone’s new movie, “W.” Portraying the current president is no small challenge, but director Stone, who has been accused of courting controversy in his previous big-screen presidential portrayals, has promised to treat his subject fairly.
Stone has publicly promised W will be a ‘‘fair, true portrait of the man,’’ but already there are those accusing him of the politics of personal destruction—and, worse, of trying to influence the election by painting the current Republican administration as reckless doofuses (although presumptive Republican nominee John McCain makes no appearance in the script). Naturally, Stone vehemently denies all charges. ‘‘Bush may turn out to be the worst president in history,’’ he declares as he peeks into room after room. ‘‘I think history is going to be very tough on him. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t a great story. It’s almost Capra-esque, the story of a guy who had very limited talents in life, except for the ability to sell himself. The fact that he had to overcome the shadow of his father and the weight of his family name—you have to admire his tenacity. There’s almost an Andy Griffith quality to him, from A Face in the Crowd. If Fitzgerald were alive today, he might be writing about him. He’s sort of a reverse Gatsby.’‘
The man, the myth, the president: Josh Brolin in character as George W. Bush.