Newt Gingrich: Ronald Reagan’s Story Should Be A Romance Movie — Not A Comedy

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Newt Gingrich said a movie about Ronald Reagan’s battle with Alzheimer’s would work if it was done like “The Notebook.”

Before the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday, Gingrich said that if someone wants to do a movie about the former president, it should be a romance film, not a comedy. (RELATED: Ferrel Criticized For Reagan Movie)

“‘The Notebook’ deals with the real sense of the human tragedy, and at the same time of the opportunity for loving,” Gingrich said. “I’m almost crying talking to you about it.”

“It is so real,” he added. “I’ve probably seen it seven times.”

Gingrich even volunteered to write the script and suggested the story be told from Nancy Reagan’s perspective.

“Nancy has the really complicated role.”

He also said he was “delighted” Will Ferrell had opted out of the film.

“I think the very premise is idiotic and despicable,” he said.” I like Will Ferrell. I think he is a very funny guy, but I think this would have been an absolute disaster for his career.”

“I hope the people who want to do the movie just drop it,” he added. (RELATED: Will Ferrell Backs Out Of Ronald Reagan Comedy After Backlash Erupts)