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FILMMAKERS SCRUB HOMOSEXUAL EPISODES FROM CROWE'S 'BEAUTIFUL MIND'; CONCERN GAY THEME WOULD HURT BOXOFFICE
The film which received the most GOLDEN GLOBE nominations today in Hollywood hits maximum controversy after homosexual themes found in the book A BEAUTIFUL MIND -- have been deliberately left out of the movie version!
Gay scenes found in the book "A Beautiful Mind: The Life of the Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash" have been completely scrubbed, dropped, eliminated from the film, directed by Ron Howard and staring Russell Crowe -- even though actor Crowe's picture is featured on the paperback of the biography.
The UNIVERSAL/DREAMWORKS co-production, set for release next week, includes not one of author Sylvia Nasar's repeated homosexual references, including Nash's 1954 arrest for 'indecent exposure' and 'making a come-on to another man' in a public bathroom.
Nasar's entire chapter on the Nash arrest and its fallout is left off the screen.
A source close to director Ron Howard said the gay scenes were left out to build a stronger cinematic experience between characters played by Crowe and his female co-star Jennifer Connelly.
"The homosexual stuff found in the book got in the way," a well-placed source told the DRUDGE REPORT. "Besides, American audiences don't care to see Russell Crowe getting it on with a man! It would just kill us at the boxoffice."
MIND led nominations for the GOLDEN GLOBE nominations on Thursday with six mentions, including best picture, actor, actress and screenplay.
On page 169 of the biography, a winner of the National Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Nasar writes: "Nash was always forming intense friendships with men that had a romantic quality... He was very adolescent, always with the boys. Some were inclined to see Nash's infatuations as "experiments," or simple expressions of his immaturity, a view that he may have held himself. He played around with it because he liked to play around. He was very experimental, very try-outish... Mostly he just kissed."
Nasar continues: "Donald Newman and the rest of the MIT crowd watched Nash and Jack Bricker with amused tolerance and concluded that the two were having a romance. "They were importantly interested in each other," Newman said; they made no secret of their affection, kissing in front of other people."
On Page 345, a letter written by Nash states: "An essential and significant personal role in my personal long-awaited 'gay liberation'..."
Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman follows Nash from the late 1940s at Princeton, where he studied mathematics with some of the world's greatest minds, through his battle with schizophrenia, to 1994, when his game theory earned him the Nobel Prize.
Although the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave Goldsman a nomination for best screenplay, his stunning omission of the full Nash found in the bio BEAUTIFUL MIND has raised early warning flags at the gay right's group GLAAD.
"It is rather alarming in this day and age that UNIVERSAL studios and DREAMWORKS would find same-sex love too offensive to be depicted in a major motion picture," a GLAAD executive said.
Repeated calls to DREAMWORKS co-founder David Geffen, who is openly gay, went unreturned. A spokesman for UNIVERSAL was said to be unavailable.
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