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Alexander was not gay!

By rediff Entertainment Bureau
Last updated on: November 22, 2004 18:04 IST
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AlexanderColin Farrell's upcoming epic, Alexander, is coming to theatres for Thanksgiving with all the traditional trimmings of an Oliver Stone project.

The project, already touted by some viewers as a doomed turkey (and a dismal one-star review in Rolling Stone hasn't helped much!), is coming sauced with massive dollops of controversy. The movie opens in the US on November 24.

A group of inflamed Greek lawyers, violently upset at the alleged bisexuality attributed to the legendary conqueror, are furious and insist Alexander was heterosexual. They are planning to sue Warner Bros and director Stone for claims to the contrary.

IMDb.com reported Yannis Varnakos, a spokesman for the 25 lawyers, saying, 'We are not saying that we are against gays, we are saying that the production company should make it clear to the audience that this film is pure fiction and not a true depiction of the life of Alexander.'

The group has sent an extrajudicial note insisting that the studio include a reference in the credits saying the movie is fictional.

Varnakos has said, in classic Greek flamboyance, that Stone has the right to freely express himself -- but the audience has the right to know this is tampering with history.

He adds, 'We cannot come out and say that [former US] 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.'

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