More Insight Into Oliver Stone's W. Courtesy of the LA Times
We continue to keep tabs on Oliver Stone's upcoming Bush biopic W., largely in the vein of car wreck curiosity -- all of the variables at play give the film a very eye-catching nature. Obviously, one of the bigger questions surrounding the project is how Stone will ultimately cast one of history's most controversial Presidents. Thanks to the LA Times, we have a better sense of the upcoming portrayal. Stone tells us, "I love Michael Moore, but I didn't want to make that kind of movie. W. isn't an overly serious movie, but it is a serious subject. It's a Shakespearean story… I see it as the strange unfolding of American democracy as I have lived it. [Bush] won a huge amount of people to his side after making a huge amount of blunders and really lying to people. We are trying to walk in the footsteps of W and try to feel like he does, to try to get inside his head. But it's never meant to demean him."
Brolin echoes much of Stone's position on the project. "W. isn't intended to kick the man while he's down. Republicans can look at it and say, 'This is why I like this guy.' It's not a political movie. It's a biography. People will remember that this guy is human, when we are always [outside of the movie] dehumanizing him, calling him an idiot, a puppet, a failed president. We want to know in the movie: How does a guy grow up and become the person that he did?"
Evidenced by Brolin's comments and the included picture above, W. isn't all about the Bush's notorious presidency and the very tumultuous last few years. Brolin and Stone have a focus on not judging the man, per se, but portraying the events that led a "hard-drinking C student…to…not only Texas governor but also the leader of the Free World." It seems hard to imagine such a film without judgment (especially coming from Stone), but we'll see soon enough. Regardless, the topic is pretty interesting, and a worthwhile tale that deals with a familiar father-son dynamic but within the context of a Presidential dynasty. You have to admit, W.'s starting to have a slightly sympathetic smell.
Lionsgate, who will be releasing the film, intends to do so right around the November elections (officially on October 17th), but they've apparently also considered a post-election scenario. After all, even though W. is presently filming in Louisiana, the post-production schedule is easily half of Stone's norm. The hurried schedule is either going to be well-timed - a 'just in the nick of time' kind of deal - or it's going to breed serious, visible influences in the final product. Considering the landscape and players here, I'd really hate to see something that feels rushed or half-baked. Does this latest news encourage or dissuade you from seeing W.?