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02/25/2013

From 'Milk' to 'Mixner'

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 At 3.01.31 PmI'm happy to know and call David Mixner a friend. I'm even happier that more people will soon know David's story, which spans both the decades and the peace-centered issues.

Paper magazine talks to Nigel Barker about his planned biopic of the living legend:

PAPER: You're working on a film about David Mixner who's obviously had an unbelievable life. The man publicly and loudly called out Bill Clinton on not repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell." He arranged an Anti-Vietnam protest that was so large that it wound up on the covers of Life, TIME and Newsweek. He has an entire collection in Yale's library devoted to his writings and documentaries! Is his life story just so juicy that you had to make a movie of it? What about his story attracted you?
BARKER: First of all I always loved a great, true story. Whenever [David and I] meet I ask him questions about his life. He's an incredible raconteur. I basically sit like a child and get whacked into this story, transformed and taken there. All of a sudden I'm in another era and another moment, and I can feel for the people. And he has a very visual way of describing. I realized [his stories] had the ability to become a film. I asked for consent for a screenplay and eventually a film of his life. He said he'd been approached in the past but never felt there was the right person. Then he said to me, "I would love you to do it."
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Do you have any actors in mind that you'd like to play David?
I tell you what -- I do, but I don't think it's a good idea to name them. But why don't you ask your readers to get to tell me who they think it should be!
FULL: ON HIS NEW SHOW THE FACE AND HIS DAVID MIXNER BIOPIC [Paper Mag]

I actually just saw David this weekend. The scene of him trying to smash my Tasti-Cakes in the Comcast Center's elevator is unlikely to make the final cut. That's okay, so long as the many shots of him trying (and succeeding) to smash myths, barriers, and expectations make into the script.

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