The real story behind the movie:
I’d like to know why this guy is still running around with a shopping cart and apparently homeless when a journalist has made both himself and his subject famous with multiple articles, a book and a movie.
The journalist sounds sensitive to his subjects needs and his journey through what was clearly abuse by the psychiatric system, but I’ve got to wonder if there is not some level of exploitation happening.
Anyway I’ve done no research and haven’t seen the film. I do hope this man is handsomely rewarded for his gifts and talents as well as for inspiring big Hollywood bucks.
I just sent this letter to Steve Lopez the journalist:
I just saw a youtube video in which you speak of the movie about Nathaniel and give him an award at a Beethoven party. I could not help but wonder why when you’ve clearly made a fine living writing about your relationship with this man through articles, a book and now a movie with heavy duty star power, is Nathaniel still pushing around a cart and apparently homeless?
Has he not been compensated for his inspiration and integral part in the making of this industry of his life?
I hope so. I certainly hope we are not celebrating a homeless man who should now have at least as much as you.
I hope I will find out he is acting with agency and it is his choice to be pushing about that cart.