Gary Gunnels has the scoop that a bunch of lawyers in Greece are threatening to sue Warner Bros. over the suggestion, in Oliver Stone's Alexander, that the man who put the "ace" in "Macedonia" was bisexual:
The lawyers have already sent an extrajudicial note to the studio and director demanding they include a reference in the title credits saying his movie is a fictional tale and not based on official documents of the life of the Macedonian ruler.
"We are not saying that we are against gays but 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," Yannis Varnakos, who spearheads the campaign by 25 lawyers, told Reuters on Friday.
Stone was quoted on the MSNBC.com Web Site as telling the upcoming edition of Playboy magazine that the film's depiction of Alexander could offend some.
"We go into his bisexuality. It may offend some people, but sexuality in those days was a different thing," he was quoted as saying.
Grain of salt alert: Reuters calls the film "widely anticipated," casting doubt on the accuracy of the rest of the report.
Making a movie's hard work, and I wish only good fortune on anybody who completes one, but this may be just the beginning of Stone's troubles: For reasons I've never understood, Alexander, as true a figure of Al Jahiliah as you can imagine, is an important figure in Islamic lore. I don't imagine this switch-hitting business will go over huge in the House of Peace.