The Electric Commentary

Friday, November 19, 2004

How do you separate the men from the boys in the Greek army?

Okay, that's a crude and tasteless joke so I won't finish it. However, it seems that a group of Greek lawyers are not too happy with Oliver Stone for insinuating the same thing in his new movie Alexander. the lawyers have sent a note to Stone and the studio demanding that the film include a reference in the credits stating that the film is purely fictional and not based on official documents of the life of Alexander the Great. Yannis Varnakos, who spearheads the campaign by 25 lawyers had this to say:

"We cannot come out and say that (former U.S.) President John F. Kennedy was a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team and so Warner cannot come out and say Alexander was gay."

Okay, fair enough. But I've been racking my brain since I read this article trying to think of a movie about a historical figure that doesn't take some liberties with the story or propose an answer to a question that we don't and can't know the answer to and I can't come up with one.

Braveheart didn't really win the Battle of Stirling Castle by using really long spears. He also wasn't a little wiener like Mel Gibson. He was 6'7".

Steve Prefontaine didn't really hurt his foot diving into a pool. To it's credit, Without Limits got the story a little more accurate.

In real life, Frida wasn't hot.

And don't even get me started on this thing.

And who knows, maybe Alexander was gay.


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