W. (pronounced "Dubya" note ) is a 2008 Biopic of George W. Bush that was directed by Oliver Stone and written by his Wall Street screenwriter Stanley Weiser.It tells the story of Bush's life from his college years to his Presidency, but is based around his administration's push for the war with Iraq. Josh Brolin stars as George W. Bush, with Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, James Cromwell as George H.W. Bush, and Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney. It is a largely sympathetic portrayal of the man, but also has a bit of a satiric edge.The film is notable for being the first Presidential Biopic to be released while said President was still in office. Understandably, the film faced a good deal of controversy when (and even before) it was released. Conservatives accused it of being liberal propaganda, and many liberals accused Stone of being too soft on Bush. (Basically, the same criticisms Stone received for Nixon.) It recieved mixed, but still generally positive reviews, with lots of praise for the uncanny performances by Brolin, Cromwell, and Dreyfuss.Oliver Stone was later told by Bill Clinton that he had loaned Bush his DVD of W. and that Bush had enjoyed it very much, particularly the "sad moments".
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