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More Insight Into Oliver Stone's W. Courtesy of the LA Times

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June 30, 2008
Source: LA Times

Oliver Stone's W.

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.?

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  • Zso
    /unavoidable political opinion talk on I hope this movie bombs like no movie has bombed before. The only current US politician worthy of having a film based on his or her life is Ron Paul and his constant struggle to protect the Constitution. /unavoidable political opinion talk off
  • I really hope this movie flops too as much as I like the cast and crew. It is just wrong to do. THE MAN ISN'T EVEN OUT OF THE OFFICE WHEN IT WILL BE RELEASED!!!!!!!!!! Also, I FULLY BELIEVE Stone will have this bash Bush. I certainly don't believe this will be neutral knowing his political status. Now don't get me wrong, I don't love Bush nor hate him but really? This is just a real exploitation film coming right out during election time for some money.
  • Grace
    Of course, I'm going to see this movie. Oliver Stone said he was doing a balanced picture. Maybe the truth simply isn't flattering!!
  • Cajun_Mike
    No, I wont be seeing it and it will fail miserably just like "Redacted", Cusack's hideous and unfunny "War Inc.", "Rendition", "Vally of Elah", "Lions for Lambs". All are left wing propaganda that the sensible people in the REAL America rejected. Those Hollywood halfwits love calling Bush a liar or "Bush lied and people died", yet their movies are pure fiction. That includes Spacey's "Recount". Total tripe.
  • Zso
    Hmm. I was saying I want it to bomb because it's about Bush. I don't care if it bashes him, praises him, turns into a cartoon halfway through, or has him sent through time on an Excellent Adventure. I simply want it to do terrible because it is him.
  • blake b
    i think it's going to be pretty good..
  • nick
    "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." hmmm http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/images/wteaserposter.jpg
  • The Dude
    "[Bush] won a huge amount of people to his side after making a huge amount of blunders and really lying to people." Wow... isn't that every politician that has ever existed? He decided to make a movie about Bush and not Clinton? Stone is a liberal with an agenda... thats all there is to it.

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