Dennis Quaid says he at first TURNED DOWN the role of Ronald Reagan in new biopic because he ‘feared’ playing his ‘favorite President’
Dennis Quaid is starring as former US President Ronald Reagan in the biopic Reagan.
And he told KCLU this week that it at first he pushed away from playing the 40th President because he worried about playing a real person.
‘I originally turned it down. I felt a tinge of fear up my spine and that’s when I said yes. That’s usually when I should do something, when it’s out of my comfort zone,’ said the ex husband of Meg Ryan.
No then yes: Dennis Quaid is starring as former US President Ronald Reagan in the biopic Reagan. And he told KCLU this week that it at first he pushed away from playing the 40th President because he worried about playing a real person
And he also shared that he is a fan of the Republican.
‘Ronald Reagan was my favorite president. I voted for him, I think I was 30 at the time. I had a rented apartment back then that I shared with a guy. He said, ‘who did you vote for?’ I said, ‘Ronald Reagan.’ He said, ‘You are kicked out of the hippies.’ But I loved Reagan and I voted for him twice.’
Quaid told KCLU reporter Caroline Feraday he filmed some parts of the movie at the Reagan Ranch in Goleta, Santa Barbara County.
‘It’s not open to the public and it’s an amazing place. Much smaller than I would have thought. I realized when I went up there that Reagan was a very humble man. The house itself where he had Gorbachev and the Queen of England came too, is total of probably 1500 square feet.
On board: ‘I originally turned it down. I felt a tinge of fear up my spine and that’s when I said yes. That’s usually when I should do something, when it’s out of my comfort zone,’ said the star; here he is seen with Laura Savoie in April
‘They had a King-sized bed but it was two single beds zip-tied together. Their clothes were in the closet like they had just left and they were going to come back.’
Quaid told Variety in 2020 that the movie would appeal to people regardless of their political stance, insisting Reagan ‘transcends politics’.
The star said: ‘Reagan was a fascinating and multifaceted human being and this movie captures his humanity.
‘We’re making a movie for Republicans and Democrats alike since Reagan transcends politics.’
Hollywood star: Ronald Reagan is shown circa 1945 in a Hollywood headshot portrait
Reagan is being directed by Sean McNamara from a script written by Howard Klausner.
Penelope Ann Miller is playing Nancy Reagan with Mena Suvari portraying his first wife Jane Wyman.
Jon Voight also stars as a KGB agent who tracked Reagan for 40 years.
Production on the movie was halted for two weeks in 2020 due to a Covid-19 outbreak among crew members.
Shooting resumed on November 5 and relocated to California.
Reagan worked for Warner Bros. during his acting career before venturing into politics and made the majority of his films there, including the 1942 moody melodrama Kings Row that was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.
Kevin Dillon portrays Warner Bros. co-founder Jack Warner in the biopic.
Hollywood mogul: Kevin Dillon, shown in June 2015 in Hollywood, has been cast in the upcoming biopic Reagan
Film executive: Jack Warner, co-founder of Warner Bros Pictures Incorporated, is shown circa 1945
Kevin told Variety: ‘What a great opportunity to work on a movie as epic as this.
‘Acting with Dennis Quaid and playing Jack Warner, one of the founding fathers of Hollywood, is such a privilege.’
Producer Paul Joseph added: ‘We are excited to have Kevin join our cast. He adds his incredible acting skills to our wonderful cast.’
Producer Paul Joseph added explained how Dennis was always ‘first choice’ to play the lead role.
‘Dennis was always our first choice. He’s one of the great actors of our time,’ the producer declared.