Will Ferrell is known for his portrayal of President George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live, but in a new black comedy he will be portraying Ronald Reagan in a role that is already offending people.
The movie, entitled “Reagan,” begins at the start of the ex-president’s second term, where he falls into dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.
The plot revolves around an intern tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie, according to Variety.
The script was written by Mike Rosolio and was so popular on the Black List, an annual catalog of the top unproduced scripts in Hollywood, that it was given a high profile reading by Lena Dunham and John Cho.
The script’s content has already offended numerous people online, including Ronald Reagan’s son Michael Reagan, 71, who called the film an “outrag[e]”:
“What an Outrag….Alzheimers is not joke…It kills..You should be ashamed all of you.”
What an Outrag….Alzheimers is not joke…It kills..You should be ashamed all of you. https://t.co/GNzqR5vjrX
— Michael Reagan (@ReaganWorld) April 27, 2016
Reagan’s feelings were reflected by other Twitter account users who found the premise disrespectful:
@foxandfriends I share Michael Reagan’s disgust of Will Farrel’s movie. My mother had dementia, and there is Nothing Funny about it !
— Mark Eilers (@MarkEilers4) April 28, 2016
Movie about Reagan & his battle with Dementia during 2nd term. Comedy by Ferrill shows disrespect for a man challenged by horrific disease.
— bill donlon (@donlon_bill) April 28, 2016
A version of the script was leaked to the Telegraph, and according to their report, it features the ex-president looking for “a mark”—a place where actors are suppose to stand.
His intern then assumes the role of a bullying director to keep Reagan “in character” regardless of whether or not the cameras are rolling.
Reagan, who was an actor between the years of 1937 and 1964, before being elected the Governor of California in 1967 for two terms. He left office in 1975 and won the 1980 presidential election by a landslide against incumbent Jimmy Carter.
Reagan served two terms as president before leaving office in 1989. He disclosed his Alzheimer diagnosis in 1994, and died June 5, 2004 at the age of 93.