The Advocatewhile supporting the film in general, criticized the choice of Penn given the actor's support for the Cuban government despite the country's anti-gay rights record. The real Carol Ruth Silver has a cameo in the film as Thelma. A gay encounter in a prison shower in Midnight Express was altered on film to make it seem as though one man was rebuffing the other. After the scene was filmed, nobody else claimed to have seen the man, and the actors themselves went on to claim that it was perhaps the ghost of Harvey Milk. He was a founder in the No On 6 Campaign. A romance between a suicidal man and a corpse, which is what occurs in the recent Swiss Army Manmay not smack of positive representation but it is touchingly played by Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe with all the sincerity of Brokeback Mountain.
The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs.
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It is also part of a nationwide conservative movement that starts with the successful campaign headed by Anita Bryant and her organization Save Our Children in Dade County, Florida to repeal a local gay rights ordinance. The filmmakers also revisited the location of Milk's camera shop on Castro Street and dressed the street to match the film's s setting. Edit Milk I Archived from the original on April 3, Podhoretz mentioned as well that the film concentrates on Milk's opposition to the Briggs Initiative while ignoring that both Governor Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter had made more public statements against it. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Filmmakers also intended to show a view of the San Francisco Opera House from the redesign of White's office.
According to Josh Brolin, the scene where Dan White is on his underwear looking scared through the window was not scripted like that, but was just the result on actor and director trying different things to convey White's state of paranoia. Eventually John Dall and Farley Granger played the boys, and they were very aware of what they were doing. The Advocatewhile supporting the film in general, criticized the choice of Penn given the actor's support for the Cuban government despite the country's anti-gay rights record. White, who is politically and socially conservativehas a difficult relationship with Milk, and develops a growing resentment for Milk when he opposes projects that White proposes. A number of Milk's associates, including speechwriter Frank M. Milk clashes with the local gay "establishment" which he feels to be too cautious and risk-averse.