Thursday, May 23, 2024

“Beautiful Mind” Genius John Forbes Nash: “Economy Will Recycle Itself”


He wasn’t a figment of anyone’s imagination: John Forbes Nash, the famed game theory genius whose biography was the basis for the 2001 Oscar winning “A Beautiful Mind,” spent two days in the Hamptons this past weekend. He and his wife Alicia were guests of the Hamptons Film Festival for a showing of the Ron Howard film as part of the festival’s 20th anniversary classics series.

The Nashes attended several parties including the main cocktail party at the home of Silvercup Studios president Stuart Match Suna, the driving force behind the Festival.

Nash is now 84 years old. He is a quiet man, to say the least, a “close talker” in the “Seinfeld” vernacular. He speaks in a whisper. Physically he is as unlike Russell Crowe, the actor who played him, as could possibly be; he’s a little stooped and concave, with haunted eyes.

But he’s still at Princeton, a famous and legendary genius researcher who is constantly working on unlocking the nature of Game Theory. He told me that the economy “will recycle itself.” He added: “That’s what it does.”

Nash wouldn’t commit to a presidential candidate, but said his wife liked Mitt Romney. Atone point, “Inside the Actors Studio” host James Lipton came over and chatted with Nash a bit in the beautiful Suna backyard. But most of the stars coming and going didn’t recognize the most interesting guest of the weekend.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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