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Elizabeth Banks Is Laura Bush
In Oliver Stone's George Dubya movie

26 March 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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It's still hard to believe that Oliver Stone is making a movie about George W. Bush. It sounds like a set up for an SNL skit, given the director's occasional propensity for blinkered partisanship and the President's propensity for doing rather stupid things that are very easy to make fun of. But it is actually happening and Stone has now found his Laura Bush.

Elizabeth Banks, whose name is cropping up more and more recently in casting announcements, is in final talks to play the current President's wife when W begins shooting next month. Josh Brolin is already signed to play Dubya himself.

There's no questioning the quality of those involved. Brolin has matured into one of the best actors working today and Banks is well overdue a spot on the A-list. Also, Stone is writing this with Stanley Weiser, who co-wrote Wall Street, still one of Stone's best. But it feels a touch premature to be making this film. Should a biopic of the President's life and time in office not happen after he leaves office? He's still going to be President until January next year and is there not a risk of bringing the movie out before its finale has actually occurred in real life?

Of course, we haven't read Stone's script, so we don't know exactly what portion of Bush's life this will cover – there's certainly a lot of interesting material in his earlier life, which would mean the film could actually end with him getting to the White House. We're sure he's done no end of homework on his subject, so this will be an interesting one to keep an eye on.

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It look's like she is going to have to spend some time in the make up chair to "ugly up" for this one. From the look of the originals eyes she has been face lifted until she should be sporting a goatee. More

Posted by sanchia at 08:09 on 27 March 2008 | Report This Post

christ olly, you never fail to disapoint...
"It's still hard to believe that Oliver Stone is making a movie about George W. Bush" yeah, because its really tough to see Oliver Stone, americas prime political filmmaker, author of films about JFK, Nixon, Vietman, corporate greed and 9/11, decide to make a movie about one of the most devisive, controversial and important political figures of the recent times, whos actions and belifs will shape our futures for, potentially, generations to come. yeah...i can't understand what he More

Posted by magnusbarfod at 17:43 on 26 March 2008 | Report This Post

Liz Banks is much to pretty to play Laura ^^ More

Posted by Bluehawk at 16:03 on 26 March 2008 | Report This Post

John Colshaw would be better choice for dumbass W
The Dead Ringer does a brilliant impersonation of him already. Oliver Stone obviously wants a companion piece to Nixon. I know Josh Brolin is good, but is he THAT good to play THAT stupid. Oliver has to feature that time when George heard about 911 reading schoolkids a story and for 20 odd minutes just sat there looking gormless and did nothing. The same reaction he did during Hurricane Katrina. More

Posted by Taz69 at 16:00 on 26 March 2008 | Report This Post

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Given the obvious youth of the two leads, I assume this will be an "early George W" film. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 13:29 on 26 March 2008 | Report This Post

Wouldn't it be great if Ollie were to 're-imagine' the Dubya story by combining elements from the JFK story? Particularly in respect of open top motorcades and grassy knolls. Here's hoping for a happy ending BLAM! More

Posted by Bushman at 12:36 on 26 March 2008 | Report This Post

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I heard Olly Stone recently on the Today radio programme, and you got the very definite impression that the film was going to take great delight rehabilitating Dubya & the wife; when you think about it, what could be more controvertial??????????????? More

Posted by Frank Comiskey at 10:25 on 26 March 2008 | Report This Post

When did she get ....
the Face lift. Its a measure of the dire state of modern journalism that not only did they actively lie to help Dubya in the rush to war, never ask Cheney a difficult question and paint McCain as some form of Maverick, but they have never mentioned Laura's riduculous face lift. She looks plain odd. WTF? More

Posted by Cletus Van Damme at 09:51 on 26 March 2008 | Report This Post

When did she get ....
the Face lift. Its a measure of the dire state of modern journalism that not only did they actively lie to help Dubya in the rush to war, never ask Cheney a difficult question and paint McCain as some form of Maverick, but they have never mentioned Laura's riduculous face lift. She looks plain odd. WTF? More

Posted by Cletus Van Damme at 09:25 on 26 March 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Elizabeth Banks Is Laura Bush
Question: Stone is a great film maker n'all, but i wonder if this is gonna be a pro-Bush, pro-Republican movie making George Bush out to be this complex and interesting character with hidden compassion and humanity, or are we gonna get an unbiased biopic? .....If it's gonna be the former i will lose all respect for everyone involved! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 09:16 on 26 March 2008 | Report This Post

Sorry, I suspect this will be a 'making of Dubya' movie… More

Posted by olirog at 08:55 on 26 March 2008 | Report This Post

I suspect this will a 'making of Dubya' story… More

Posted by olirog at 08:54 on 26 March 2008 | Report This Post

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