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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX TUE MARCH 05, 2002 13:51:09 ET XXXXX
OSCAR VOTERS PAUSE OVER 'BEAUTIFUL MIND'; NASH 'JEW BASHING' LEFT OUT OF FILM
When Academy voters factor in how the famous mathematician is an anti-Semite, will the Oscar votes add up for UNIVERSALDREAMWORKS at the end of the night?
LOS ANGELES -- Producers of the Oscar nominated film A BEAUTIFUL MIND quietly left out all references to John Nash's anti-Semitic views, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
But in recent days, as final voting for OSCAR approaches, some Academy members are discovering shocking Jew-bashing passages found in the book on which the movie is based!
"Why am I voting for this Jew hater?" a veteran Academy member said earlier this week before voting. "I am a Jew! I feel sick to my stomach."
Jew Bashing scenes found in the book "A Beautiful Mind: The Life of the Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash" have been completely scrubbed 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 root of all evil, as far as my personal life is concerned (life history) are Jews," John Nash wrote in a letter in 1967. [Noted on page 326 of BEAUTIFUL MIND.]
Author Sylvia Nasar's repeated references to Nash's feeling towards Jews were deliberately left off the screen.
"We didn't want to go there," a production source said. "This is a love story."
OSCAR Ballots must be received by March 19, and the race is on to stop the spread of the damning Nash quotes, which may thwart the film's chances. [MIND received 8 nominations, including Best Picture, Director and Actor.]
Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who won best adapted screenplay from the WGA last week, and is a Jew himself, left out Nash's direct opposition to the Jewish state of Israel.
Writes Nasar: "Before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, [Nash] explained, he was a left-wing Palestinian Arab refugee, a member of the PLO, and a refugee making a "g indent" in Israel's border, petitioning Arab nations to protect him from 'falling under the power of the Israeli state.'"
Later when Nash became paranoid and embraced all sorts of strange delusions, he wrote "letters to Newman and others addressed 'Jewboy'. He became obsessed with the state of Israel and talked about 'Krypto-Zionist conspiracies.'"
Producers who also wiped out Nash's homosexual past for the film were cognizant that the chances of winning Oscar gold would be lessened if their film's protagonist was a basher of a religion that is disproportionately represented in the Academy voting pool.
Director Ron Howard and Co. apparently opted to create a composite schizophrenic whose illness would not offend the voting public.
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