The late Schlesinger, who directed Madonna and Rupert Everett in the flop 2000 romantic comedy - wrote in a number of recently-released letters about how he felt the singer's attempts to change scenes, contributed to his heart-attack.
Schlesinger wrote, "I am f**king angry with TOM (ROSENBERG, film's producer) being influenced by Madonna.
"We have tried all of these changes before. I do not for one moment think that their behaviour has not added to the reasons I have ended up here."
Madonna lobbied for the removal of a pivotal scene which she felt was too "gay" - much to the distress of homosexual Schlesinger, who dictated a furious letter to Rosenberg from his hospital bed.
He wrote, "I am outraged that Madonna is starting to express an opinion of what works and what doesn't;t and what is too gay when she wasn't even present at the previews.
"In any case, she is not the director; so far as I am concerned I want the scene to remain as it is."
Schlesinger was discharged from hospital in January 2000. He died last July (25JUL03) at the age of 77.11/07/2004 14:29