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Josh Brolin on Tackling the Role of Milk Assassin Dan White

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Josh Brolin, who is playing Harvey Milk's assassin Dan White in the upcoming Gus van Sant biopic about the slain gay rights leader, talked to MTV Canada about the role.

White_2Said Brolin: "I'm questioning myself, and that's exactly the position I want to be in...I think [Dan White is] a good guy, until the end. [White] is a pathetic guy from my point of view; he's a sad guy. And he just didn't have the wit, and the smarts, and the wherewithal to see the big picture. This was a tough time, the end of one era and the beginning of another one. Harvey Milk, the gay thing ... it was a major transitional thing in San Francisco. [White] couldn't see the big picture. ... This guy can't see beyond the length of his arm. The only way he feels he can have control over anything is by shooting somebody. It's really sad...[The story] is compelling because of what [White] did, and how Harvey Milk came to be. It wasn't a question about money and what they were offering me. ... I read it, and I said, 'I'll do it; I have to do it.' I don't know how I'm going to do it, and I'm scared out of my mind to pull it off."

Here also, are the first shots of Brolin as White which I posted back in January. Lawyers for White, of course, used the astonishing defense that the White's consumption of too many Twinkies and junk food were evidence of his mental instability, a condition which led to the shooting of Milk and Mayor George Moscone at City Hall.

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Previously
James Franco Hangs on to Milk Mustache [tr]
Milk in Action on Castro Street [tr]
Sean Penn and James Franco as Lovers in Milk [tr]
Milk: The Transformation of Castro Street [tr]

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  1. "Lawyers for White, of course, used the astonishing defense that the White's consumption of too many Twinkies had caused him to behave irrationally, eventually shooting Milk and Mayor George Moscone at City Hall."

    Andy, White's lawyers' "Twinkie Defense" did not say that consumption of too many Twinkies caused him to behave irrationally.
    They said that White, a health nut, was suffering from severe depression and personality problems, as evidenced by the fact that he was now eating lots of Twinkies, junk food; something that White would not have done had he been mentally well.
    The Twinkies were not the cause of the mental illness, the defense argued, but evidenced that the mental illness existed.

    Posted by: Marc | Feb 15, 2008 10:22:03 AM


  2. Here's a link to the Snopes.com page. Something I read a few years ago when I heard about "the Twinkie guy" in one of the Halloween movies.

    In case the link coding didn't work:
    http://www.snopes.com/legal/twinkie.asp

    Posted by: Marc | Feb 15, 2008 10:24:58 AM


  3. I HOPE THE MOVIE MENTIONS HARVEY MILK USE TO "SEXUALLY HARRASS" DAN WHITE ALL THE TIME!!! TIL DAN WHITE COULDNT TAKE IT ANYMORE...THE TWINKIE DEFENSE WAS USED BECAUSE DAN WAS TOO EMBARRARSSED TO ADMIT A MAN COULD BE SEXUALLY HARRASSED...LETS FACE IT DAN WHITE WAS PRETTY GOOD LOOKING...

    Posted by: alan brickman | Feb 15, 2008 2:02:58 PM


  4. Where did the sexual harassment story come from? In fact Milk & White were on friendly terms even though their politics were in opposition. They sat next to each other on the board and did exchange good natured jabs but nothing more. White even invited Milk to a christening party at his home and Milk accepted.

    Posted by: Donald | Mar 2, 2008 4:31:09 AM


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