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Oliver Stone Takes Michael Moore Approach in 'W'

By James Hirsen
May 13, 2008

Oliver Stone has been known to engage in truth stretching, as seen in past docudramas JFK and Nixon.

Stone's latest biopic on President Bush, titled W, will apparently take a Michael Moore marketing approach. To help the filmmaker fan the flames of controversy, W will come out just in time for the 2008 presidential elections.

At the same time as the Democratic Party frames John McCain's candidacy as a third Bush term, Stone's film will take artistic license to place the president in the worst possible light.

"We don't really know much about Mr. Bush beyond the controlled images we've been allowed to see on TV. This movie's taking a bold stab at looking behind that curtain," Stone's statement reads.

The film is not yet complete but indications are that Stone's preconceived notions of Bush will be evident.

The Hollywood Reporter asked some experts to vet the W script, one of whom was Bush biographer Robert Draper.

"You come away with an even more hyperbolized caricature of Bush the Cowboy President than is already out there," Draper tells Entertainment Weekly.

Excerpts from the script certainly confirm Draper's concerns. Bush is essentially depicted as a petty, profane, religious zealot.

— Prior to his first presidential campaign, Bush tells a televangelist, "The truth is, I really don't want to run.... But I feel that God wants me to do this, and I must do it. I must."

— Bush commands Vice President Dick Cheney to "Just keep your ego in check," adding, "I'm the president. I'm the decider."

— When discussing how to induce Saddam Hussein into battle, Bush tells Tony Blair, "Plan B is assassinate the sonofabi---."

When then-French president Jacques Chirac refuses to support Bush's Iraq policy, Bush says, "I'd like to stuff a plate of freedom fries down that slick piece of s---'s throat."

Ironically, when it comes to Republican bashing, Barbra Streisand's family members seem ready and willing to answer the casting calls.

In the 2003 misbegotten miniseries, The Reagans, Streisand's husband, James Brolin, portrayed Hollywood's warped vision of Ronald Reagan.

Now her stepson Josh Brolin is playing the lead role in W.



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