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   Source:  Entertainment Weekly, June 20, 1997 n384 p12(1).
    Title:  Straight man. (actor Liam Neeson slated to portray author Oscar
            Wilde and his privately gay lifestyle in upcoming movie)(Brief
   Author:  Gabriele Marcotti and David Poland
 Subjects:  Authors - Portrayals, depictions, etc.
   People:  Neeson, Liam - Performances
            Wilde, Oscar - Portrayals, depictions, etc.
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It's been 100 years since Irish-born novelist-play-wright Oscar Wilde was
released from prison for practicing the "love that dare not speak its name."
Nevertheless, the author's, the author's gay sexual preference is still at the
center of a controversy. Members of London's Oscar Wilde Society are piqued
over the possible casting of straight actor Liam Neeson in an as-yet-untitled
Wilde biopic. "It's just not him," society spokesman Andy McDonnell told EW
recently. "Sexual orientation was such an important part of Oscar's psyche."
(He's more partial to the upcoming British film Wilde, which stars society
member Stephen Fry.) But the Oscar mire may all be for nought. The film, once
on the roster at UA, has since been returned to the development shelf. And
according to a spokesman for Neeson, the actor was just one of several being
considered for the role.
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