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Harvey Milk on the Ultimate Stage
Posted October 30, 2008
The premiere of Milk…Wow. I am still blown away. What an amazing evening. What an amazing cast. What an amazing movie. It took 30 years, but we finally have an accurate, moving, powerful Hollywood film depicting the life of Harvey Milk. He is not portrayed as a saint, but rather as the very real man that he was; it isn't a puff piece. Milk highlights the struggles of the Lesbian and Gay movement and the inner workings of the man who changed the entire nature of the movement. Harvey is LOVING this – I have felt his presence through the entire production of Milk. I could almost see him walking down the red carpet at the premiere, bowing, throwing kisses, and generally entertaining the masses. Harvey's life was theatre and Tuesday's premiere was the ultimate stage.
Gus Van Sant and writer Dustin Lance Black put together a remarkable production, relying on those of us who lived and worked with Harvey to ensure its authenticity. I will forever be grateful to their vision and humility. Sean Penn nails Harvey's character. How awesome to have a famous, accomplished, straight Hollywood actor playing a gay man. Who could have imagined this 30 years ago? If he doesn't win the Oscar for Best Actor, I will be shocked. In fact, every part of this film has Oscar written all over it.
Pretty weird seeing yourself portrayed up there on celluloid - Alison Pill did a fabulous job. I am honored to have played a small part in making history and making this movie.