Time for new presidents, and not only in the real White House: in the past few hours, Entertainment Weekly has published the first official photo of Reagan, biopic in which Dennis Quaid he will play the fortieth president of the United States of America Ronald Reagan.
As you can see in the image at the bottom of the article the similarity is impressive to say the least, although the actor was amazed when he was offered the role.
"I didn't understand why they wanted me in the role of Ronald Reagan, I just didn't see myself in that role"said the actor, 66 years old."He was a president I admired so much, and so I got a shiver of fear down my spine when they offered me the part. It is usually some kind of signal that maybe I should throw myself, because if you are afraid it means that you know you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone.".
Directed by Sean McNamara, he biopics Reagan was adapted from author Paul Kengor's book "The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism" by screenwriter Howard Klausner. Producer Mark Joseph also has spoke to more than 50 people who knew the 40th president personally to get stories and anecdotes - many of which have never been publicly shared before - to be used as further inspiration for the film, which will follow Reagan throughout his life: first as a child, then as a young hopeful arriving in Hollywood (will be played by David Henrie), and finally as president, in the last years of his life.
"Honestly, if they had told me that magically I could have chosen any actor in the world, I would have chosen Dennis Quaid"commented the director.
The film had a very long gestation: was first announced in 2010, with the director of Rocky John G. Avildsen chosen to make it. Avildsen passed away in 2017, and the project passed to McNamara: "He said to me: 'When I did Rocky, I wasn't really talking about boxing. Boxing was an excuse to tell a boy's story. ' And these words really guided me in making Reagan"said the director."It is the story of a man and the challenges he faces, of the people who helped him become what he has become, for better or for worse. A story about a perfect person isn't very interesting, but a story about a man who is imperfect, like all of us, always is."
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