N.J. legislator calls on Hollywood to fight, not parody, Alzheimer’s after Ferrell Reagan movie flap

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

ronald reaganWill 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.”

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3 thoughts on “N.J. legislator calls on Hollywood to fight, not parody, Alzheimer’s after Ferrell Reagan movie flap

  1. Betty Lou should spend more time trying to save her dying state and less time lecturing an already dead Hollywood. Then again…she pretty much inherited her husband’s seat.

  2. considering who is in the majority in the legislature in NJ….that is an uphill battle against years of crooked Dem pols.

  3. “Uphill” is an optimistic assessment. “Doomed” is more realistic. Demographics are not your friends, Save Jerseyans.

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