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Even better if they get my favorite "Roman", the hunky Ray Stevenson! He puts Brad in the shade. :-)

Kevin McKidd is a good actor, but I was really shocked when he put Cicero to the sword in "Rome". It was really nasty. I won't easily forget that scene.

>Kevin McKidd is a good actor, but I was really shocked when he put Cicero to the sword in "Rome".

That was Ray Stevenson, actually. It was an amazing scene, wasn't it? Though not very accurate historically. In real life, Cicero was persuaded to flee, and was carried in a litter by his slaves when his pursuers (several of them) caught up with him.

I think Kevin McKidd would be an excellent John Galt, but the movie won't hinge on him. The story is about Dagny Taggert, whoever they choose for her will make or break the film.

>The story is about Dagny Taggert, whoever they choose for her will make or break the film.

They've cast Angelina Jolie in that role.

It has been strongly suggested that Angelina Jolie has Borderline Personality Disorder, a serious mental illness that I strongly associate with the belief system of Ayn Rand. Jolie's well-documented public behavior and her statements support the speculation. And for my money, her enthusiasm for starring in "Atlas Shrugged" clinches it. I have had close relations with two borderline disordered women at different stages in my life. I now know for certain that both of them had BPD and they both worshipped Ayn Rand. When you become enmeshed with a borderline, your life changes forever. I recognize the behaviors, the patterns, the black and white thinking and the madness and misery of Borderline Personality Disorder. Not all people with BPD like Ayn Rand, but the ones that do possess a volatile mixture of distorted views, reinforced by a "philosophy" that justifies their destructive behaviors. Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious matter and I believe it's essential to discuss borderline pathology in the context of the Ayn Rand phenomena.

Btw, Michael, I want to thank you for your excellent essays on Rand. They are clear, lucid critiques. However, when I showed my 2nd BPD ex-girlfriend your essay on "Shrugging off Ayn Rand", she became very angry with me and made the comment that you sounded like a "recovered drug addict". I remember this comment because to me, this clearly was projection on her part. It is typical for people with BPD to lash out at others when confronted with facts that make them feel uncomfortable. I am so relieved to be free of that kind of obstinacy.

As for the Atlas Shrugged movie, I'd rather sit through the worst Ed Wood atrocity before I would submit myself to that! Perhaps it will be better than "Battlefield Earth", though. :)

>Perhaps it will be better than "Battlefield Earth", though. :)

Or perhaps not, since director Vadim Perelman's newest movie, The Life Before Her Eyes, is getting some spectacularly awful reviews.

Angelina is definitely screwed up; I think this issue was settled once and for all when she Frenched her brother at an awards show. Not all Ayn Rand fans are wacky, though. I knew some who were well-adjusted (and some who weren't).

>made the comment that you sounded like a "recovered drug addict".

There's some truth in what she said, but it kind of boomerangs on her, since the addictive drug in question was Rand's belief system. It really can be addictive, because it produces feelings of megalomania and narcissim that are intoxicating. It can put you on an adrenaline high, a state of mind that is reinforced by reading her books over and over. That's why her diehard fans reread her novels so often - not for information, but for the head rush. (Perhaps it's not entirely coincidental that the rock band influenced by Rand called itself Rush ...)

Although I'm a little skeptical of psychiatric pigeonholing, Rand's heroic characters do seem to have some of the distinctive traits of BPD people, don't they?

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