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Wednesday, December 03, 2003
Ronald Reagan? The actor?!!
Last Sunday, Showtime finally aired "The Reagans," the controversial mini-series that Matt Drudge nearly had kittens over. In an effort to appease conservative critics, CBS toned down some of the more controversial scenes in the film but eventually gave in to pressure to drop it altogether. Which version did Showtime, the network that "Red Shoe Diaries" built run? The edited one, of course!
Gone are Regan's "I am the Anti-Christ" declaration and other off-the-wall scenes, leaving behind a pretty toothless biopic.
James Brolin's Reagan is not demented Oval Office Mr. Burns but rather a lovable goofball too busy fretting over Star Wars and the fall of communism to concern himself with a tiny, insignifcant issues like the recession, AIDS and Iran Contra. The mini-series even let's him off easy, blaming Alzheimer's for his involvement in the later.
So, really, where's the problem? While, admittedly, the producers glossed over "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," there's nothing here that is worthy of the amount of controversy that was lobbed at the movie. There's no reason why the edited film shouldn't have aired. Producers always take artistic liberties when dealing with historical subject matter thus the "based on a true story" disclaimers. Meanwhile, over at NBC "Saving Jessica Lynch," which was chock full of half-truths and revisionist history, ran with little to no controversy. Anyone still convinced the media is plagued by a liberal bias need look no further.
Also: there is this comic.