Dennis Quaid to Play His “Favorite” President Ronald Reagan in Upcoming Film

The actor sat down with TODAY Show’s Megyn Kelly from Reagan’s iconic Rancho del Cielo to discuss his upcoming role.

Actor Dennis Quaid is set to play the late President Ronald Reagan in an upcoming film entitled Reagan due out next year. The director of the film says he consulted 50 of the “former president’s friends, confidantes and cabinet members.” Here’s more about the upcoming film from Hollywood Reporter:

Dennis Quaid has inked a deal to play President Ronald Reagan in a film expected to begin shooting in the fall, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The long-in-the works feature film will explore Reagan’s life from boyhood through his presidency — of both the U.S. and the Screen Actors Guild — and he will be played as a young man by David Henrie, best known for his role as teen Justin Russo in the kid’s show Wizards of Waverly Place, and as an older adult by Quaid.

The film is also expected to explore Reagan’s time as governor of California, his role in the destruction of the Berlin Wall and his final days dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. It will also delve a bit into John Hinckley Jr., whose obsession with actress Jodie Foster led to his attempted assassination of the Republican president in 1981.

In an interview with TODAY Show and NBC host Megyn Kelly, Quaid expressed his excitement to play the 40th president. The seasoned actor has starred in films like The Parent TrapFrequency, and The Rookie.

When asked by Megyn Kelly about the pressure entailed in playing the 40th president, Quaid said the following:

“Well, he was my favorite president of my life.”

He added, “There are so many things that he [Reagan] did that changed my life and the world for the better. For one thing, ending the Cold War and he brought back a sense of common sense. He stuck to his guns and his principles. He was a great man and humble man.”

Quaid added, “I voted for Reagan the first time [in 1980] by the way.” He claimed he’s voted for both sides, Democrat and Republican, and labeled himself as an “independent.”

The “Parent Trap” actor also discussed his past cocaine addiction, divorce, and how faith brought him back on the right course.

Watch the full interview below:

Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo, or The Reagan Ranch, sits atop a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean across a sprawling 688 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley. It served as the Western White House and the president’s home for most of his post-presidency life. The Reagan Ranch is managed and overseen by Young America’s Foundation, which acquired the ranch in 1998. It is closed to the general public and is solely used for Foundation-related events and conferences.

As a Reagan fan and conservative, I’m glad an actor like Quaid will give a fair and favorable account of the 40th president. He’s always been a refreshing voice in Hollywood. It’s nice to see others there breaking away from the monolithic far left culture that dominates Tinsel Town.

Will you see this film once it’s out?

Note: The author of this article was a Sarah T. Hermann intern at YAF’s Reagan Ranch Center in Summer 2010.

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Gabriella Hoffman is a young conservative blogger and columnist based in Northern Virginia.

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