Gus Van Sant Speaks on Milk

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With all the Academy Award buzz around Milk, Gus Van Sant might wanna clear his schedule for Oscar night.

In the following excerpt from a recent interview he gave, the director talks about getting involved with the movie...

Well, I'd been involved in a project in 1993 that was Oliver Stone directing and he decided not to direct it. That's really where I heard about the project, through Rob Epstein, who had made "The Times of Harvey Milk." At that time, then yeah, there was a lot of study and I lived with Cleve Jones, and I met some of the people that were the real characters and lived close enough to the Castro to sort of soak up its energy.

It was '93, so it was a lot different than it is now. It's actually changed in those ten years quite a bit, the Castro itself, in the last fifteen years. There are condos, there's families, a lot of straight people. It's not the same. Even in '93, it had a little bit more of a connection to '78. I mean, it was devastated by the AIDS epidemic, but the research I did was all the way through the last ten or so years.

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Count on an Oscar nomination for Sean Penn's portrayal of Harvey Milk.

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