Acclaimed director Oliver Stone is convinced America's awkwardness about homosexuality ensured his epic movie Alexander was a box-office disaster, even though the title character's bisexuality was not a major part of the plot.

Stone was counting on UK audiences to appreciate elements of the movie Americans missed, but was disappointed when British critics slammed the release almost as harshly as the US press.

He says, "Once 'Alexander The Gay' came out - that was the headline - that killed it. You don't combine homosexuality or bisexuality with military men in America.

"I was hoping the British would look at it in another light but it was impossible to overcome.

"In Britain I got some of the worst reviews, next to America, that I've got in my life."

28/07/2005 06:39