Here’s part of an interview with Sylvia Nasar in Sydney; she talks about turning her book into a movie, and the casting of Russell Crowe. Also at the site, 702 ABC Sydney, an audio file of that interview.
Tales from A Beautiful Mind
By Lyndall Bell
Author and journalist Sylvia Nasar is best known for her biography of mathematician John Nash, A Beautiful Mind. While in Sydney for the Writers Festival, she revealed some interesting insights into the making of the film…
“What was so great about the movie was, it put you (the audience) in the shoes… of someone who couldn’t distinguish between reality and delusion, and made you feel emotionally what that was like,” she says, in an interview with Adam Spencer.
But initially she had her doubts.
Because in the beginning it wasn’t going to be a Ron Howard/Russell Crowe film, it was potentially going to be a Robert Redford/Tom Cruise film.
“I remember standing in my kitchen getting the phone call, and I felt then, ‘how ungrateful I am because I’m really disappointed’”, she recalls.
“The thing about Russell Crowe… is not only that he disappears inside the role… but that he is so smart, he radiates intelligence,” she says
Her latest book – Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius looks back at the history of economics.
So how would she cast Russell Crowe in a film adaptation of this book? Out of Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx or John Keynes… he’d be Keynes, “for sure”.