‘The Notebook’ Director’s Bizarre Take on Incest: ‘If You’re Not Having Kids – Who Gives a Damn?’

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Nick Cassavetes, the director of the critically acclaimed romantic drama “The Notebook,” stepped into a PR nightmare this weekend when he argued that homosexuality should be treated the same as incest when it comes to not judging the lifestyle.

Talking to The Wrap about his new film “Yellow,” which depicts the life of a struggling woman who has had sexual relations with her brother, at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend, Cassavetes went completely off script, saying “love who you want” and “who gives a sh*t” when talking about incest.

“I have no experience with incest…You know what? This whole movie is about judgment, and lack of it, and doing what you want,” he said.

“Who gives a sh-t if people judge you? I’m not saying this is an absolute but in a way, if you’re not having kids – who gives a damn? Love who you want. Isn’t that what we say? Gay marriage – love who you want? If it’s your brother or sister it’s super-weird, but if you look at it, you’re not hurting anybody except every single person who freaks out because you’re in love with one another.”

Cassavetes’s previous films include “John Q,” and “Alpha Dog.”


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