The star of the Bush biopic W says he wishes to tell his side of the story

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated September 17, 2008 12:50 PM
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The news in July out of Louisiana, where Josh Brolin was playing President George W. Bush for filmmaker Oliver Stone’s sure-to-be controversial biopic W, was stunning: Brolin, W costar Jeffrey Wright and five others were arrested in connection with a bar fight.

Now, with the machinery gearing up to promote the movie about the 43rd and current chief executive – W is set to open Oct. 17, in anticipation of the Nov. 4 national election – Brolin, who has yet to explain what happened, continues to shed little light on that night in Shreveport.

“Let me put it this way,” a poker-faced Brolin, 40, tells the fashion magazine W for its October issue, on sale next Tuesday. “It was nice to be in jail knowing that I hadn’t done anything wrong. And it was maddening to be in jail knowing that I hadn’t done anything wrong.”

With his arraignment set for Dec. 2, Brolin apparently is not at liberty to discuss what took place. As was reported at the time, Brolin was booked and posted $334 cash bond.

W, which visited him two weeks following the arrest, quotes him as saying he “badly” wishes to present his side of the story. And it was Brolin who first brought up the topic of his arrest during the interview.

But then he said he could not discuss it.

On the subject of his movie, Brolin – who also starred in this year’s big Oscar winner, the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men – says W offers “the most compelling story, because you see this guy trying to find his niche. You see him fail and you see him succeed. Like it or not, good or bad. It’s perfect drama.”