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George W. Bush, by Oliver Stone

Posted by Ty Burr  July 29, 2008 01:43 PM

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Well, looky here, someone went and "leaked" the trailer for "W.", Oliver Stone's upcoming film about our commander in chief, onto YouTube. The cast is choice: Josh Brolin as Dubya, James Cromwell as Poppy Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, Thandie Newton as Condi Rice, Scott Glenn as Rummy, Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell, Toby Jones (the other Capote) as Karl Rove, and -- the piece de resistance -- Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney. Interestingly, it appears to be a comedy, one about how a privileged but fairly useless family black sheep might find gainful employment in the Oval Office. "W." comes out October 17, a few weeks before the election.

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41 comments so far...
  1. Based on the trailer, I'd file this under "you're not helping." Stone's "Nixon" from 1995 was an important and worthwhile movie because it gave Richard Nixon his due by trying to understand the intellect behind the madness, even as it showcased the madness in all its ugly glory. This movie, not so much, unless this trailer is hiding something. Really, George Bush is a drunken yokel? How insightful.

    Posted by Dan July 29, 08 09:04 PM
  1. Oliver Stone's body of work demonstrates that he hates America! Of course, he will say that hating America is inherently American and as such he loves America. But that is so much b******t! Just because you can do something, it doesn't mean you should.

    Posted by John Smith July 29, 08 09:15 PM
  1. All politics aside, this movie looks like an excruciating heap of anti-entertainment.

    Posted by Dan July 29, 08 11:22 PM
  1. Great movie!!! If you're from Iran! Oliver Stone is anti-American, yes he is a veteran but it gives him no right to consistently make a jerk of himself and that what he has done here..again. Oh yeah, forget to mention the entire cast of the movie was arrested after a fight at a bar during the filming...

    Posted by Greg July 29, 08 11:39 PM
  1. This doesn't look like much of a comedy to me, although it's hard to see the various characters as anything but silly caricatures. The question is whether the underlying message will be that Bush overcame huge personal obstacles to rise to the highest office in the land... or that the emperor's just a hick with no clothes. The trailer doesn't really give much insight into that. Can't wait to see the movie to decide for myself.

    Posted by Chuck July 29, 08 11:50 PM
  1. Based on what I read and what little I saw, Dubya's early antics match what I know.
    The comedy of his early years has translated to tragedy today.
    Whether it was the near fist fight he had with his father to wanting to complete something for his legacy, peace in the mideast, courtesy of Dick Cheney the puppeteer.
    George a buffoon, at least in part. Those who don't think so give him way too much credit.
    Reminds me of little kids, myself included, either throw a tantrum or punish the parents in some silly way.
    Fulfilling prepubescent needs, while current age (62) is really no way to run a country

    Posted by MikeDrea July 30, 08 12:15 AM
  1. Stone is making a quick buck making a movie that only the True Believers will turn out to see. People whose deep conviction is that Bush is a latter-day Commodus or Caligula will flock to see this film.

    They are voting for Obama anyway. This is Stone's way of grabbing some lefty pocket change. Barack must be pissed at Stone for taking away some campaign cash that would normally go to the Barack Gift Site.

    Sort of reminds me of "Farenheit 9/11". Came out on DVD within a year of its release. Michael Moore laughed all the way to the bank. The rubes and easy marks bought the "director's cut". Schmucks.

    Posted by section9 July 30, 08 01:27 AM
  1. I know I will laugh my *** off! Can't wait!

    Yeah, Stone hates America, that's why he's showing the guy that has f***** it up more than anyone else in its history as the idiot it he is. If you are truely a patriot, John Smith, then you should hate the shrub for hurting your country and laughing all the way to the bank. You are not a patriot. YOU are the one who hates America.

    Anyway, politics aside, the guy is a moron and the fact he made it into the Whitehouse is, if nothing else, incredibly funny. Only in America... Bush taking office after, well, any other President, is like Borat taking office afer Putin. I have no doubt this movie will be spray-milk-out-of-nostrils entertaining.

    Posted by John Smith Hates America July 30, 08 02:50 AM
  1. If this is humor, it must be in the classic greek formula; comedy/tragedy. Our hero may make us laugh here and there, but, in the end there are more tears than belly laughs.

    Posted by Ratbastard July 30, 08 03:39 AM
  1. ^^^^^It's people like you (john smith) that make me sick^^^^
    you're so proud of your america? you think we should all sit quietly while bush screws up everything? does that make you proud? we should just sit back and enable this failure of a man to do what ever he wishes and not give him any problems. george w. bush is the worst president this country has ever seen. that's a fact. he has killed more people, wasted more money, and brought more shame to this country than any other president. oliver stone hates america? this movie might just prove that he's one of the people that's trying to save it.

    Posted by alec July 30, 08 07:33 AM
  1. Oh, nonsense, John Smith. . .Bush has the reputation of being "spoiled and worthless" in his pre and post college days. How does telling the truth show "hatred for America?" We should be pleased that bio pics can be made in this country to be judged for veracity by us. . .I believe I'm intelligent enough to determine how well Oliver Stone portrays public figures.

    Frankly, I am no admirer of the Bush family or George W. in particular. . .but I believe I can be objective about the quality of the movie and the performances of the actors .

    Posted by Susan N. Watson July 30, 08 08:56 AM
  1. If W. is not a comedy it will not be accurate.

    Posted by AndyC July 30, 08 08:57 AM
  1. How does his body of work demonstrate that he hates America? That doesn't even make logical sense....

    Posted by Michael Lopez July 30, 08 09:12 AM
  1. From the comments above, it seems the biggest objection to this trailer is that Stone might be telling the truth about what has been a great embarassment for our country. Bush is, or at least was, a drunken frat boy who got where he is because of who he is(the family he was born into) and who he knows. Not because of merit or accomplishment. We have seen how that has turned out for America. It has damaged us both at home and in the world at large.

    I too am afraid that this film might be an undignified mess that will cast our country in a bad light. That however, would distinguish it from many of Stone's films in that it could be that and still be entirely historically accurate.

    Posted by Marc Ingham July 30, 08 09:31 AM
  1. In America, we have freedoms. We are able to express ourselves as we see fit. If one expresses dissatisfaction with a current regime, that does not make one un-American. In fact, it is written into our own Declaration of Independence that we have the right and duty to revolt against an oppressive government.

    The "anti-American" and "patriotic" rhetoric is tiring. Please read the following, and see that revolution is truly patriotic.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    Posted by mdj July 30, 08 09:53 AM
  1. Can't wait to see who plays me. ;-) Remember him well from Midland!

    Posted by Cheryl July 30, 08 10:19 AM
  1. LIL BUSH already available on Comedy Central and looks to be alot more ENTERTAINING then this piece of "art". I would not have green lighted it.

    Posted by Deathly Afraid of Obama July 30, 08 10:27 AM
  1. i read the comments before watching the clip...if this is a comedy, than it reads like the cherry orchard.

    while i agree with alec about where this president may rank when history can objectively view him, he is wrong about the most deaths while in office. lincoln (our best president ever in my humble opinion) saw the most american casualties. and fdr (not too shabby himself) saw more global casualties.

    civil war - 600,000-700,000 american deaths
    ww2 - estimated 42 million deaths civilian and military globally

    Posted by kokomjolk July 30, 08 10:31 AM
  1. Most people already know Bush's past as a college drunk. How many of you went to college, and didn't get drunk at parties? Big deal. Obama even admits to doing coke, and pot. Does that disqualify him from being president?
    This movie won't be objective, but will be a complete attack on our President. He is a fool, but one that America voted for twice. So i see this not as an insult to Bush but an insult to the Presidency.

    Why didn't stone make a movie about Clinton, and his exta-marital activities? Was that not insulting enough to the office?

    Posted by Eric K July 30, 08 10:32 AM
  1. People who think the only way to be "Patriotic" is to keep your mouth shut and take what the government gives you really have no clue. If that's what a "Patriot" was, we'd still be living under English rule and driving on the wrong side of the road (as well as not having a say in the matter in the first place).

    If you believe that the current nimrod-in-chief is a menace, it is your PATRIOTIC duty to say so. Blindly sitting on your butt and doing nothing is not an answer, and it's definitely not Patriotic. If you are a conservative sheep Bush apoligist, then please disregard this because it doesn't apply to you. Go back to thinking that the Iraq war was justified, the economy is fine, and the fact that Bush has rung up the largest deficits in US history is just swell. Conservative my you know what.

    Posted by J.P. July 30, 08 10:45 AM
  1. Just shows what Bush really is, what the hell were you people thinking by voting for him in '00 & '04.

    Posted by Kevin from Boston July 30, 08 10:47 AM
  1. I love the losers that say you hate America whenever you question W. (or any conservative for that matter). I love America, which is why I’m glad there’s a movie out about the guy who has f_cked it up more than anyone in our country’s history.

    “John Smith” can go back to driving his minivan around that has a “So Glad I Voted for Bush” bumper sticker on it.

    Posted by Tyler July 30, 08 10:56 AM
  1. It's just more useless propaganda from Stone. We are talking about the guy who made two movies about how great Fidel Castro is. One movie was never shown, and the other's release was delayed, both due to the Cuban Government committing human rights violations near the movie's release dates. (Never mind the fact that in Cuba, Oliver Stone would never been allowed to make any moves, and probably would have been killed by the Government by now.) We have the grossly inaccurate JFK, the heavily slanted Nixon.
    Does he hate America? Maybe, maybe not. He did however, hang out with Hugo Chavez, who absolutely DOES hate America, and tried to meet with FARC, who is fighting American and American backed forces in Columbia.
    Stone is an old school communist sympathizer, who will support the vilest of leaders and organizations, just so long as they're fighting American Policy.
    In short, he's a complete horse's ass and he and his movies should be ignored.

    Posted by Stovie45 July 30, 08 12:04 PM
  1. look at it this way, bubba didn't even get a make for tv movie. georgie gets a movie by stone before he leaves the office!!! I mean, ollie won't just shoot a whole movie where the high point is going to be orals with a fat intern. This movie could serve as a "Rocky" for millions of dim bulbs across the country.

    Posted by noslen July 30, 08 12:32 PM
  1. HEY, HEY, HEY!!!! Tyler, watch that crack about the minivan!!! My wife drives one because of our kids.

    Besides, John probably drives a Hummer not a minivan!

    While I am a registered Indepenent, I can see how some people might prefer to be a Democrat or a Republican.... Heck, I even voted for "Senior".....

    But how ANYBODY, even his own parents, could EVER vote for or support this DOLT in any fashion is beyond me.....

    Posted by Jeff July 30, 08 01:08 PM
  1. Oh please. It looks great!

    Since when did George W. Bush become the litmus test for being patriotic? Spare me. After what he has done to this country.

    Posted by Give it a rest, Bush-loving weirdos July 30, 08 01:30 PM
  1. Oliver Stone is in the movie business. He makes movies to make money. Getting mad at him because the content of his films don't reflect reality is like getting mad at George Lucas because Star Wars isn't real. Those who are unable to differentiate between fact and fiction have bigger problems than wasting their money on another one of Stone's mediocre films.

    Posted by George July 30, 08 01:30 PM
  1. I think this movie should be interesting. We all know that Bush was a huge slacker and that he partied a lot. However, it will interesting to actually see where this film goes. I mean he did have a troubled past, but that doesn't mean that it has a correlation on what he has done to become president. I bet it will be funny, and I will probably enjoy it thoroughly. But like i said before he cleaned up and he changed the direction of his life more people do this and become extremely succesful than you think so it really isn't that surprising that we voted him in. I mean Obama addmits to doing coke and pot, so does that mean that we shouldn't vote for him? No it just means its something that he did in his past life. Now he is nowhere near that stuff. So just remember a persons past doesn't define who they are now.

    Posted by Rory Sullivan July 30, 08 01:44 PM
  1. You have to be a real douchbag to call Stone - a decorated Vietnam Veteran - unpatriotic.

    Think about it, before you run to defend your draft-dodging president.

    Posted by Jason July 30, 08 02:26 PM
  1. Thank God! I'm fairly certain that there will be no new information in this movie as Dubya has made all his massive gaffs quite obviously. What I do hope is noted is that he and his family will probably amass billions of dollars off the land grab that is this war, that the country will take years, decades to recover, and that he, is in fact, been drinking all along. No one could make these decisions, even with Cheney's hand doing the Charlie McCarthy thing, sober. His friends and family will be handsomely rewarded for all he has done for the country, and if showing that is unpatriotic, kindly look for the definition in Webster's. Dumb hicks. I expect it will be HIS TRUE AND LASTING LEGACY, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR, FOR SURELY YOU WILL GET IT, DUBYA.

    Posted by BUSHIE HATER July 30, 08 02:34 PM
  1. People without intellectual moorings are forced to share emotions because they have no ideas. This is classic example of the Amercian left doing just that. Impotent grousing veiled as comedy. Clearly not worthy of ny serious discussion or acknolwedgment.

    Posted by Matt July 30, 08 02:51 PM
  1. Doesn't seem possible to place all the stupidity into a mere movie. Maybe a trial.

    He's finally got us to a point where many can't buy sufficient food and clothing or live in a house.

    Atta Boy Oliver. Bet you haven't enough time to depict Georgie correctly. None of this is funny

    Posted by Bush'e biggest fan Barry July 30, 08 03:30 PM
  1. In Shakespeare's tragedies, the tragic hero was usually quite gifted, but through a fatal flaw, their true greatness is never realized. Stone's "Nixon" was a tragedy, because Richard Nixon's great mind was destroyed by his paralyzing insecurity and paranoia.

    Koko (comment 19) says why doesn;t someone make a movie about Clinton and his philandering, as if that is an excuse for not seeing this movie. Well Koko, check out "Primary Colors" if you want to see a pretty well made movie about Clinton. Clinton is another tragic hero, incredibly gifted, but deeply flawed.

    Then there is George W Bush. He is not a tragic hero. He is not gifted. He was groomed for this position by his daddy and his caretaker, Karl Rove. He was never adequate for the job. You think this is Oliver Stone's laugh at America? Then you were probably stupid enough to vote for Bush both times. For the rest of you, think hard about this before you vote for McCain and do the same thing all over again and possibly make this country unable to recover from 12 years of failure.

    Posted by David Silver July 30, 08 03:53 PM
  1. actually david, i posted about lincoln, fdr and the cherry orchard

    Posted by kokomjolk July 30, 08 04:45 PM
  1. Oliver stone is an American Citizen and has EVERY right to express himself just like you do... and with that he also has EVERY right to make up whatever he wants if he wants to. You take the issue of calling someone anti-american because you don't like something they did, and that is your right to... unfortunately, dumbass.

    Posted by Rick Rollasium August 1, 08 11:00 AM
  1. What's wrong with hating America?

    Posted by Robert Lightfoot August 18, 08 04:36 PM
  1. Its funny how so many people are upset here and they are so complacent in the real world. Its OK to hate what America has become and maybe this movie will just show the brainwashed that we really do have someone that hates America and that person holds the highest office in America.
    The last time I checked we are free and Oliver Stone is free to make a movie and if you dont like go back to eating cheeseburgers and watching NFL. If you dont like something stop bitching like a bunch of school girls and do something.
    Anti _Americans are the millions of thieves that come to this country illegally dont pay taxes and squander on our land and take our medical benefits. The ones that cant afford to breed and do. The burden of the land the Illegal Immigrants..

    Posted by Hillary Sucks Too August 24, 08 05:20 PM
  1. I agree....I hate alot America has done....imperialism, torture, dropping two nuclear bombs on civilians, war profiteering, violating civil rights, slavery, genocide, DOMA, NAFTA....I could go on and you love these or just ignore them? There have been good things too but I don't thing they outweight the negatives. I am looking foward to seeing this movie. W. is an idiot and those of you that voted for him deserve everything you asked for....I hope you were not too attached to that job or house you are losing....

    Posted by Use your head October 3, 08 12:19 AM
  1. This movie is going to surprise a lot of people. You should stop looking too deep into things and ranting your strange paranoid rantings and just watch it and see what is going on with the president. It should be a great film.

    Posted by Noah October 7, 08 08:44 AM
  1. I can see a lot of The Jerry Springer Show guests have been commenting on Oliver Stones hatred towards the the USA, well just remember. if Bush had not carried the Springer States, there would not be a movie.

    Posted by RWM October 16, 08 08:32 PM
  1. I saw the movie, and it sucked.. It wasn't funny.. Made everyone look like an ass, espicially C. Rice. But what disappointed me the most was that it just a bad movie. I mean, Wall st., platoon, even JFK.. They were entertaining movies.. This was not.

    Posted by RJ October 20, 08 02:54 PM

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