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How different the world might look now if the US president and his advisers had settled on the phrase Axis of Unbearably Odious, or Axis of Hatred. But they rejected that and instead plumped for Axis of Evil, and the rest is history.
So begins the script to Oliver Stone's new movie, W, on the life of George W Bush, which begins filming this month and will be produced at speed. Stone, a director with a keen eye for publicity, is thought to want to get the film into cinemas before the November presidential election, and certainly before Bush quits the White House on January 20.
Bush's early relationship with his father is depicted as problematic at best. When his father confronts him about his drinking after he crashes his car, the younger George Bush replies: "Mr Perfect. Mr War Hero. Mr F**king God Almighty." The father also features heavily in the latter half of the screenplay, by which time Dubya has entered the world of politics.
Stone, a critic of the Iraq war, applies cod psychology to the president's motivations for the invasion, according to ABC's account of the screenplay. After the elder Bush's defeat in 1992 by Bill Clinton, his son tells him he would still be in the White House if he had toppled Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf war.
When the current president is asked in 2002 what his focus on Saddam is all about, he replies, in reference to a Kuwaiti claim that the Iraqi intelligence services plotted to assassinate his father during a visit to Kuwait in the spring of 1993: "You don't go after the Bushes and get to talk about it. Ya got me?"
"Not just the tittle, but also the plot seems heavily inspired by the dramatizing by Christian Tafdrup in our play. And we have been in close contact with theater people in Texas about exporting the play," says Martin Lyngbo.