President's personal life examined in Jeffrey Roth film
HBO aims to illuminate the life of President George H.W. Bush with the docu “41.”
Pic is set to debut June 14, two days before Bush’s 88th birthday. The former commander-in-chief talks about his life story — from his childhood in Maine and service in WWII to entering politics and eventually becoming the leader of the free world.
Project was put together by writer-director Jeffrey Roth. Exec producers are Stephen Beck, who co-wrote the docu with Roth, and Jerry Weintraub, a longtime Bush friend.
Bush has been resistant to work with documentarians in the past, but he allowed Roth to go forward with “41” after being impressed by the helmer’s 2007 docu “The Wonder of It All,” about the Apollo astronauts.
Weintraub has known Bush for 45 years. He joked that the two often disagree about politics but it has never derailed their friendship.
“He and I could have a political discussion only because I didn’t work for him,” Weintraub told Variety.
“He has shown and taught me things that I would never have had a chance to do,” he said.