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Reagan film sparks controversy

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He was a beloved president whose final years were marked by a poignant battle against Alzheimer's disease.

But should what happened to Ronald Reagan be turned into a comedy? That's what's being proposed in Hollywood.

To a lot of people, it's a subject that should be handled with care.

Will Ferrell was set to star in a new movie about former President Ronald Reagan. The comedy would be poking fun at Reagan's battle with dementia, something many movie-goers are saying is no laughing matter.

"Making a movie about that, ugh, I'm kinda tossed about that. I don't think it's something that we would be real happy with," Dave Dungey said.

Reagan's family isn't thrilled about the movie either. His son Michael took to Twitter to share his outrage about the film.

The plot was about a White House intern who tricks the president into thinking he's an actor playing the president in a movie.

"This is shocking to me that people still just don't understand something so common," said Betty O'Neill, with the Michigan chapter of Alzheimer's Association.

O'Neill said the disease affects five million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death. Because it affects so many families, a movie like this is extremely offensive, O'Neill said.

"I think it's hard for anyone who is suffering to think their suffering is being made fun of. Alzheimer's takes a terrible toll on those who have the disease, but also those who care for them," O'Neill said.

Others said it's just a movie and people will see it and laugh.

"The public, they'll just listen to it like the rest of em. You get in there and laugh cause it's funny," Sonia Henderson said.

Others said they'll leave their judgement until the movie hits the box office.

"It could go either way. It's not something that should be laughed at, but I guess you have to wait to actually see the movie," Matt Hogan said.

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