A Ronald Regan biopic will be coming soon to a theater near you, and Dennis Quaid will be playing the former president.
The movie, which was directed by Sean McNamara, was adapted from conservative author Paul Kengor’s book, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism.
It follows Reagan as a child, as a young man coming up in Hollywood (played by Wizards of Waverly Place alum David Henrie), and eventually as president, into the later years of his life. Reagan’s role as Screen Actors Guild president and the fight he led against Communism in the industry will also feature in the movie.
Entertainment Weekly talked to Quaid about being offered the role, and he admits that he was shocked at first.
I didn’t understand why they were offering me Ronald Reagan because I just didn’t see it. I admired him so much, and so I had a chill of fear go down my spine when I was offered it. That’s usually kind of a sign that maybe I should do it, because it’s out of my comfort zone.
Given that we’re in such a turbulent political climate, some people are worried about releasing a film like this right now, but the filmmakers promise that it’s not a partisan film.
The way the film is set up, it’s not Democrats-are-good, Republicans-are-bad or vice versa. it’s more about: There was totalitarianism in the world and Americans together helped to end that. My hope is that it’s a movie that doesn’t divide, but unifies.
Dennis Quaid has always been a bit conservative, so we’re not exactly sure why people are surprised by his recent comments on Donald Trump.
The 65-year-old actor (who is engaged to.a 26-year-old) talked to The Daily Beast recently, and during the interview, he talked about how Trump is handling this coronavirus pandemic.
I think Trump, no matter what anybody thinks of him, is doing a good job at trying to get these states — and all of the American people — what they need, and also trying to hold our economy together and be prepared for when this is all over. I don’t want to get into petty arguments about it.
But of course, the internet is all about petty arguments. He has been getting dragged online, especially on Twitter.
"…it will feature the actor chopping it up with his noteworthy pals—guests include Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Bush, Lance Armstrong, and Logan Paul…"
Let's just agree that Meg Ryan was the best thing Dennis Quaid ever had going for him and call it a day. https://t.co/bWgEXcq3yI
I mean, he had to know this was coming. He probably did it to get more attention on his podcast. Now he’ll have all the Trump supporters on his side, listening to his podcast and funding his wedding. If he hadn’t mentioned Trump, no one would have even known about his podcast.
By the way, Trump *might* (BIG MIGHT) be handling the pandemic better right now, but it’s a little too late. He fumbled the ball early on and tried to downplay the virus. He keeps touting his China travel ban, but there were so many other things he could have been doing.
Instead, he spent his time going on Fox News to tell everyone that the virus would be gone completely in a week or so. He ignored the experts until they became impossible to ignore. I don’t think we should congratulate him for that.
I can hear it now, in my best movie trailer guy voice, “And you thought Marley & Me was bad. You ain’t see nothing yet. Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, and a casket full of dead puppies will work together this January to make sure your 2017 kicks off with a terribly depressing bang.”
Based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose shares the story of a dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who dies only to be reincarnated as a new puppy every single time. So, in the movie, Gad will be voicing several dogs and most of those dogs will die and leave their human friends wondering why they even bother with life.
The dog “finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love,” which makes it sound like an uplifting film, but the 1:15 mark in the trailer below determined that was a lie.
In addition to Josh Gad and Dennis Quaid, the movie will also star Britt Robertson, Peggy Lipton and Luke Kirby. It’s being directed by Lasse Hallstrom (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and is scheduled to hit theaters January 27, 2017.
Check out the official synopsis and trailer below…
“Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, John Ortiz, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton and Pooch Hall.”