“Anybody who criticizes you is a wimp. So be you. And be you loud, and be you strong, and be you to the maximum.”
And I always, always will.
I had NO idea they were making a musical of one of my FAVORITE documentaries of all time, Southern Comfort. This makes me exceedingly happy on a multitude of levels.
The show is based on the 2001 documentary of the same name by Kate Davis. With compassion and restraint, the film chronicles the final year in the life of the female-to-male transsexual Robert Eads, a wiry Georgia backwoods type who died of ovarian cancer in one last cruel trick of nature. Mr. Eads had to travel miles for medical care after being refused treatment at numerous hospitals for fear of unsettling other patients.
But what distinguishes both the movie and this respectful adaptation is less the sorrow of the haunting true story than the spirit of forgiveness and tolerance that infuses it.The unrecognizable Ms. O’Toole is tremendously moving too. She vanishes into Robert, whose gaunt face expresses the serenity of a man who has found happiness while still remembering the pain of a girl growing up in the wrong body.
I can’t help but think Robert would be so incredibly overwhelmed and amazed at the flame that still burns bright from the match he lit all those years ago just be having the strength, courage and wisdom to be himself and tell his tale.