But Nathaniel as a character was pretty good, and made for great interactions among people, as you try to decode him. Yes, he told the Commissioner Laura Hymowitz, he has acted inappropriately at times and deeply regrets it.
Ayers refused, and he prevailed at his first two court appearances. The trouble is that Lopez is a journalist, and has been for decades. Two highly regarded supportive housing nonprofits — LAMP Community and Housing Works — have had great success with him, but disappointments as well.
Unfortunately, his tendency to wander puts both Ayers and the cello in danger, so Lopez talks him into leaving it at a shelter, located in a neighborhood of homeless people. Ladies Book Club Shelves: But when Ayers learns what Lopez is up to, he throws Lopez out of his apartment and threatens to kill him.
He sometimes turns on those working hardest to help him. Curious as to how a former student of such a prestigious school ended up on the streets, Lopez contacts Juilliard but learns that no record of Ayers graduating from it exists.
But he is adamantly opposed to forced medication and believes he can function well without it. Today, his life is about film and book projects by Louise Lee In some ways, Nathaniel Ayers at age 57 is a typical adult beginner on the violin.
There is no cure for schizophrenia, and small triumphs carry no guarantee of encores. Of course you can actually be friends with a schizophrenic!
In the meantime, though, the meds can be administered. A specific trouble I had was that Alison worries that her bipolar brother will end up like Nathaniel, and Lopez never corrects her.
And musical people are often a bit nuts. Lopez seems far too surprised by this, despite being a reporter in a culture saturated with references to mental illness.
Askins told me after court that his parents instilled in him a duty to serve people in need. Ayers first came to public attention in Los Angeles in after Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez overheard Ayers playing violin on a busy downtown LA street and made him the subject of a series of newspaper columns.
He also said he likes music, and that the Hollywood Bowl is a beautiful place where the seats are often filled. I felt like he was hiding the fact that the story was really about him, and I was getting pissed about it. And the treatability of both.
But he still has an agenda and pushes toward it: And then I lost it. The book itself was the focus of a feature article in the New Yorker magazine.
His dream was music, not medicine, and his hard work landed him at the prestigious Juilliard School for the Performing Arts in New York City, where he played for a time in the same orchestra as Yo-Yo Ma.
My first smile was p.Lindsey #17 The Soloist - Steve Lopez The back says When Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' Skid Row, he envisions this "Violin Man" as the topic of his next column for the Los Angeles Times--only to unearth an even more extraordinary story about the mysterious street musician/5.
Aug 15, · While in Los Angeles for a training session, I had the privilege of meeting the man the movie The Soloist was made about.
Nathaniel and I spent a little time together as he warmed up, and he kindly played a number of songs for me during that time. Dec 27, · Juilliard-trained Nathaniel Ayers, the inspiration for the movie "The Soloist," has gone from being homeless to living under supervision in various locations.
One day, he hears a violin being played beautifully. Investigating, he encounters Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man with schizophrenia, who is playing a violin when Lopez introduces himself. During the conversation that follows, Lopez learns that Ayers once attended mi-centre.comng: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey, Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, Lisa Gay Hamilton.
Ayers’ real-life story, though, started out quite ordinary. Like many kids, Ayers wasn’t studious when he took up the double bass, his initial instrument, according to Harry Barnoff, his first teacher at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, a community school. Apr 23, · Foxx, 41, revealed that his bond with Nathaniel Ayers was close because of his own yearlong battle two decades ago -- triggered when "somebody slipped me something in college and I lost my mind." "The Soloist," based on a true story, tells how Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, played by Robert Downey Jr., discovered the homeless Ayers and helped the former music prodigy.Download