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'Hollow Man' shows Plato's unjust side

HOLLYWOOD — Call it a “Platonic relationship” that exists between “Hollow Man” helmer Paul Verhoeven and producer Doug Wick.

At the party following Wednesday’s Village Theater preem of Columbia’s invisible-man-behaving-badly tale, Wick defended the pic’s dark view by saying, “If you’re going to do a voyeur story, you don’t want to make it too sunny,” and then made a reference to Plato, who’s certainly been under-quoted at recent premieres.

Wick mentions that in the Republic (philosophy majors will recall the story of Gyges the shepherd who finds a magic, golden ring) Plato makes the point that “if people were ever invisible, both the just and the unjust would do very dark things.”

Though his films would suggest he’s quite comfortable working with the unjust, Verhoeven says, “I don’t believe that myself. For the analysis of the movie, I want to believe it. The lead character is like that. With his dark side, then Plato applies. But with my wife, I would say Plato does not apply.”

Those visible at the preem include Sony’s John Calley, Amy Pascal, Gareth Wigan and Bob Levin; producer Alan Marshall; stars Kevin Bacon with Kyra Sedgwick, Elisabeth Shue and Josh Brolin; plus 1,000 guests including David Schwimmer, Sheryl Crow, Amy Brenneman, LeVar Burton, Antonio Sabato Jr., Lou Pitt, John Fogelman, Emile Gladstone and Bryan Lourd.

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