Breaking Down Oliver Stone’s Fake W. and His Fake Cabinet

George W Bush and His Cabinet in W

Vanity Fair (via The Playlist) has a first look at the movie version of the 2003 cabinet of G.W. Bush from the Oliver Stone film W.

Anyone who has seen the trailer knows this is not going to be a flattering portrait of the forty third president of the United States. But that’s no surprise, not only because the film’s director is Oliver Stone, but because to portray G.W. Bush in a flattering light would mean you’d have to be an amnesiac, an idiot or both.

Personally, I’m looking forward to Stone doing a hatchet job on G.W. and I think Stone for better or worse will leave nothing but a bloody carcass.

The cabinet in the film includes Thandie Newton as Condie Rice, Scott Glenn as Donald Rumsfeld, Toby Jones as a physically small version of Karl Rove. I always picture Rove as something of a cross between the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man and Satan. Jeffery Wright plays Colin Powell but I would have cast RuPaul in a tour de force turn as Powell and Rice.

Richard Dreyfus looks pretty Cheneyesque. I’m wondering if there’s a scene in Cheney’s bunker with a German Shepherd named Ava Braun.

The entire sorry bunch are all there like something out of a Freddy Kruger movie, but this time it’s Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue. I would like to say the National Nightmare is almost over but I can’t until after election day and I can be confident that Oliver Stone’s next film won’t be called “Twinkie Fascist From Alaska: The Vice President Palin Story” starring Tiny Fey, of course.

What do you think of faux Bush and his cabinet of characters?

Robin Ruinsky has been a writer since penning her autobiography in fourth grade. Along the way she's studied theater at Syracuse University, worked with Woody Allen starring most of the time on the cutting room floor. A segue into the punk rock scene followed but writing was always the main focus. She writes for various crafty, artsy magazines about people who make craftsy, artsy collectible things. But her first love is writing fiction and film criticism which some people think are the same thing.

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