When Oliver Stone stated that his bio-pic W, starring Josh Brolin George W. Bush, was going to be a fair portrayal of the President’s life, did anyone really believe him?
Lord knows, I wanted to. Although I’m no fan of what Bush has done while in office, I hoped that perhaps Stone could do something similar to what he did with Nixon, another right wing politico with whom Stone strenuously disagrees philosophically.
However, this teaser poster (courtesy IOnCinema) implies that the film will be more of a broadside slam of Bush. If that’s the path Stone wants to take, fine. However, just loading the poster up with the more famous examples of the President’s less than eloquent power to turn a phrase strikes me as a bit of lazy marketing. How about a poster that riffs the ones done for The Forty Year Old Virgin, with Brolin-as-Bush looking out with that hopeful, yet clueless gaze that Steve Correll had?
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