15 OCTOBER 2008

Standing in front of a huge photograph of himself in his latest role as US president George W Bush, No Country For Old Men star Josh Brolin arrived on the red carpet for the US premiere of his latest film, W, on Tuesday.

He and his real-life spouse Diane Lane joined Josh's co-stars, Definitely, Maybe actress Elizabeth Banks, who stars as his wife Laura Bush, and British star Thandie Newton – Condoleezza Rice – at the special screening.

Based on the life and presidency of the US leader, W, which is drected by Oliver Stone, also features Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd as former British premier Tony Blair.

Speaking of the challenge presented by portraying the current president, Josh says it was especially hard to reproduce the US leader's Texas accent and his distinctive walk. "I didn’t love the story... but following a guy from 21 to 58 was an incredible challenge for an actor."

Photo: © Alphapress.com
In his latest role Josh portrays the current US leader, President George W Bush Photo: © AFP
Photo: © Alphapress.com
He shares the screen with Elizabeth Banks (left) and Thandie Newton, pictured on the red carpet with director Oliver Stone Photo: © Getty Images
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