By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog
Will Ferrell has decided that making fun of Alzheimer’s (and President Reagan) isn’t exactly high comedy, Save Jerseyans. He’s passing on a script for “Reagan,” a film that parodies the late commander-in-chief’s alleged struggles with the infamously awful disease during his second term in office.
Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-26) thinks the film industry should seize the opportunity to make a bigger push to support Alzheimer’s research.
“I’m glad Will Ferrell came to his senses and withdrew from this project,” said DeCroce in a Friday afternoon statement issued after the Ferrell story borke. “It concerns me that it had to take public outcry for him to realize that every human tragedy is not a comedy. I hope Mr. Ferrell will instead put his efforts into helping educate the public about this devastating disease which affects more than 5 million families in the U.S.”
Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis sent Ferrell an open letter on Thursday. It might’ve had an impact.
“Alzheimer’s is a cruel, horrible disease that robs people of their mind and results in death,” concluded DeCroce. “Unless you’ve watched a loved one deteriorate as I have, you cannot imagine the fear and agony it causes people and their families.”