Josh Brolin is Bush

For Oliver Stone…

Usually when Oliver Stone dabbles in political movies, he picks subjects who are dead (like Richard Nixon), really dead (JFK) or really, really dead (Alexander The Great).

But this time he’s just sticking to someone whose political career is merely dying rapidly. Yes, he’s decided to make Bush, which will focus on the life and presidency of, you’ve guessed it, George W Bush.

Apparently Stone had a script ready before the WGA strike, penned by Wall Street collaborator Stanley Weiser. And he’s already nabbed Josh Brolin to play the man himself. "It's a behind-the-scenes approach, similar to Nixon, to give a sense of what it's like to be in his skin," Stone blabbed to Variety. "But if Nixon was a symphony, this is more like a chamber piece, and not as dark in tone. People have turned my political ideas into a cliché, but that is superficial. I'm a dramatist who is interested in people, and I have empathy for Bush as a human being, much the same as I did for Castro, Nixon, Jim Morrison, Jim Garrison and Alexander the Great."

For more on the film, and what he thinks of the man himself, head on over to Variety.