First Look: Oliver Stone’s “W”

oliverstonew.jpgABC News got their hands on an early draft of Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic on Dubya, W, penned by Stanley Weiser and starring Josh Brolin as our President and Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush.

I’ll say upfront that I’m counting down the days until President Bush leaves office, when all is said and done he’ll go down in history as probably one of the ten worst presidents of all time. Sliding somewhere in between Herbert Hoover, Franklin Pierce, Warren G. Harding and James Buchanon. Eesh.

Anyway, despite that, the prospect of Oliver Stone directing a movie about the life of President George W. Bush sounds retarded. Stone isn’t exactly known for his delicate touch and even-handedness. And based upon this review of the screenplay, this movie could potentially be the comedic flick to beat this year.

Let’s just say there are numerous Bush is Dumb jokes scattered throughout. To wit:

Drinking vodka mixed with orange juice out of a trash can at the DKE frat house, Bush impresses the fraternity leader with his ability to memorize the names of his fellow pledges.

Asked whether he’ll follow in the steps of his politician father and grandfather, Dubya quips, “Hell no, that’s the last thing in the world I’d want to do.”

So we’re going to get lots of him drinking. I was hoping this wouldn’t be one of those pictures that skips around in time. I almost wish it wasn’t going for the kitchen sink approach and focused upon the events leading up to the invasion of Iraq. Post 9/11 pre-“Mission Accomplished.”

But nope, we’re going to get the entire shebang.

When Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld purportedly confronts Bush in 2002 about his obsession with Saddam: “What’s the big deal about Saddam? Bin Laden’s the trained ape that wrought this hell on us,” Dubya’s response sounds like a line out of “The Godfather”: “You don’t go after the Bushes and get to talk about it. Ya got me?”

After his born-again experience, Bush says that he doesn’t ask his dad for advice because “there’s a higher Father I appeal to.”

When his father cries after losing to Bill Clinton in 1992, Bush sticks it to his dad by telling him that he would have won if he’d ousted Saddam at the end of the first Gulf War.

So yeah, it doesn’t exactly sound promising. Some other highlights to show the President’s human side:

*When he hears about French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac’s desire to give weapons inspectors 30 more days to work in Iraq, Bush explodes: “Thirty days! I’d like to stuff a plate of freedom fries down that slick piece of s–‘s throat!”

*During the planning of the war, Bush and his top advisers are shown locking the war-wary Powell out of a room, erupting into laughter when they finally let him in.

*And he compares the troops’ ordeal in the deserts of Iraq to his ability to run in 100-degree heat. At one point, Bush describes giving up sweets as “my personal sacrifice to show support for our troops.”

And there are other bonmots to be sure. I think former Press Secretary Ari Fleischer put it best when he said, “Hollywood being Hollywood.” A shame too, because even though I’m counting down the days until he leaves office, President Bush is certainly a compelling politician, certainly one deserving of a legitimate biopic to flesh out what really went wrong in the White House.

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