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Stones sets the scene with 'Alexander'

HOLLYWOOD — As a screenwriter who wrote between the lines to hint at bisexuality in “Ben-Hur,” Gore Vidal applauded Oliver Stone‘s take on the subject in “Alexander.”

At Tuesday’s Chinese Theater premiere, Vidal called Stone’s handling of it brilliant.

“When I tried to do bisexuality on screen, you’d think I was trying to sell off the Prophet Mohammed,” Vidal said. “There was hysteria. Oliver just does it.”

For him, the sex issue is a key point of the film. “To do Alexander without his sexuality is a pointless story,” Vidal said.

After the screening, guests made their way to the Roosevelt Hotel, where Stone said of his film: “You wish the people would get it. It was made with a lot of heart.”

Among those on hand were Warner’s Alan Horn, Jeff Robinov and Dawn Taubin; Intermedia’s Moritz Borman and Scott Kroopf; producer Thomas Schuehly; plus guests including Quincy Jones, Michael Mann, Juliette Lewis, Sean Lennon, Leelee Sobieski, Kobe Bryant, Ed Norton and Woody Harrelson.

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