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Casting Oliver Stone’s Bush Biopic

BROLIN’ OUT James, George (Photo: Getty Images)

Academy Award–nominated No Country For Old Men star Josh Brolin has been tapped by Oliver Stone to portray George W. Bush in the director’s next project, Bush, which will attempt to explain how Dubya went from a middling Andover grad to a middling Yale grad to a middling Harvard MBA to a middling business executive to a middling baseball executive to the Jesus-loving, teetotaling President of the United States. Or, as Stone says, from “an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world.”

Stone, of course, knows from crooked presidents and conspiracy theories, but he is insisting Bush will be more an even-handed analysis of the man’s ascendancy to the White House and less about what happened after he got there. In Brolin, he has a lead who nailed the Texas twang in No Country; the rest of Bush’s orbit, however, has yet to be cast. Radar has some suggestions …