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M*A*S*H Director Hates TV Version

6 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Robert Altman hates the TV series based on his 1970 movie M*A*S*H - because it completely missed the point of the film. Altman received an Oscar nomination for his irreverent black comedy set in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean war but he says the subsequent hit TV series, that used the same characters as those played by Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould and Robert Duvall in the movie, was "despicable". Altman fumes, "Personally I hate that television series; I think it was despicable. It was just the opposite of what my M*A*S*H intended. It became a propaganda piece." Altman adds that in his movie he tried to convey the lack of patriotic feeling in the war. He says, "It was as big a comment as I could make. You never saw the war, y'know? Just the results of it. The only gunshot you saw was in the football game at half time." »

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Schwimmer Moved To Tears By Uprising

5 July 2001 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

David Schwimmer suffered nightmares while filming new World War II movie Uprising because of the grim images to which he was subjected. The Friends actor and his co-stars, Donald Sutherland, Jon Voigt and Sadie Frost, were all effected by the dark story of the film, which centers around a Jewish uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. And actor Andy Nyman, who plays Jewish defector Calel in the movie, says, "Meeting some of the people who actually lived through the atrocities we had to recreate was very moving. I actually had nightmares about some of the grim footage we had to sit through to prepare for the movie. When we met some of the eighty-year-olds that had been a part of it, he was close to breaking up - we all were." To lighten the atmosphere between takes, part-time magician Nyman and Schwimmer spent their time playing table tennis. Nyman says, "He brought a ping-pong table with him and he's extremely good. I lost every time." »

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