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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX FRI MARCH 15, 2002 14:51:38 ET XXXXX
'BEAUTIFUL MIND' NASH: JEW HATING WAS IN SUBCONSCIOUS
John Nash breaks his silence this weekend and "vigorously denies" being anti-Semitic, although, he acknowledged he may have once said things that could be construed as anti-Semitic.
Nash opens up to 60 MINUTES veteran Mike Wallace in an OSCAR damage-control segment set to unspool on Sunday.
"The root of all evil, as far as my personal life is concerned (life history) are Jews," Nash wrote in a letter in 1967, according to the book MY BEAUTIFUL MIND. [Page 326.]
Nash, who suffered from schizophrenia, wrote letters to associates addressed 'Jewboy' and became obsessed with the state of Israel and talked about 'Krypto-Zionist conspiracies.'
"It's really my subconscious talking, it was really that…I know that now," Nash tells 60 MINUTES.
Nash does not directly address specific anti-Semitic comments. He makes a blanket denial, according to sources.
The DRUDGE REPORT first revealed how producers of BEAUTIFUL MIND quietly left out all references to John Nash's anti-Semitic writings in an exclusive report earlier this month.
The Jew Bashing rants were 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 UNIVERSAL/DREAMWORKS co-production, nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director and Actor, also scrapped 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 production 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."
On the sex question, Nash tells Wallace: "I’ve learned that it’s better that I don’t talk about it."
Nash's wife, Alice adds: “I’ve known him since I was 20 and that’s just not true…I should know.”
The interview is set for Sunday, March 17 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS television Network.
Academy members must have final votes in by March 19th; winners will be announced on Sunday, March 24 -- live from Hollywood.
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