The movie, 'the soloist,' tells the story of one of his former students, child cello prodigy nathaniel anthony ayers jr by peter chakerian correspondent retired cleveland. The soloist is a 2009 british-american drama film directed by joe wright, and starring jamie foxx and robert downey, jr it is based on the true story of nathaniel ayers , a musician who developed schizophrenia and became homeless. The soloist is a film based upon the true story of nathaniel ayers, a musician who suffers from schizophrenia, and steve lopez a journalist for the los angeles times, who befriended the then homeless ayers when he was living on the streets of la lopez was a. The soloist follows steve lopez's journey as he tries to help a former juilliard student, nathaniel ayers, who is now homeless and diagnosed with mental illness what is so compelling is the honest, close-up view of those whom are mentally ill and the abandonment that has left them with nowhere else to go but the streets. The soloist a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music (book) : lopez, steve : when steve lopez sees nathaniel ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on los angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away.
On the same page may be viewed pictures that reveal the true nathaniel anthony ayers in a 3-d flesh holding and playing a violin similar to the portrayal of his character in “the soloist. I was attracted to this book when i realized it was about a subject close to my heart (schizophrenia), music and that it was the true story of nathaniel anthony ayers to top it off, the book is also a major motion picture starring jamie foxx and robert downey, jr to be released in april. Nathaniel anthony ayers, subject of the book the soloist and the movie of the same name, performs for a rand audience in santa monica, california, on january 26. Can't find what you want suggest a purchase request from interlibrary loan.
Journalist steve lopez (robert downey jr) discovers nathaniel anthony ayers (jamie foxx), a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of la. What began as a column for lopez's newspaper eventually became this heartwarming book the soloist from which the film by the same name starring jamie foxx as nathaniel anthony ayers, the brilliant musician who sadly is cursed with schizophrenia, and robert downey jr as lopez was made mr lopez interviewed members of mr ayers' family. The difficult path of nathaniel anthony ayers in steve lopez's book the soloist: a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music. An essay or paper on steve lopez - the soloist analysis steve lopez, the author and narrator of the soloist: a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music, acknowledges that while he is fascinated by the homeless musician named nathaniel anthony ayers, weeks go by and.
There's a beautiful moment in the soloist when the homeless nathaniel anthony ayers (jamie foxx), a gifted musician struggling with mental illness, is given a cello by newspaper columnist steve. The soloist is a 2009 british - american drama film directed by joe wright , and starring jamie foxx and robert downey, jr it is based on the true story of nathaniel ayers , a musician who developed schizophrenia and became homeless. The sister of nathaniel ayers shares her thoughts about what it was like to grow up with her brother, who is mentally ill and is the focus of the feature film, the soloist, filming in cleveland. The figure in question is ayers (jamie foxx), a man whose promising career in music was cut short due to a debilitating bout with mental illness the more lopez learns about ayers, the greater his.
Not to mention an impressive acting duo, robert downey jr playing lopez and jaime foxx playing nathaniel anthony ayers jr (as he calls himself over and over and over), the aforementioned musician the acting from these two is solid, especially on the part of foxx, who at first seems to be doing his version of dustin hoffman’s raymond but. When i wasn't reading it, i was dreaming it, and although the steve lopez of the movie didn't exactly match the more introspective steve lopez of the book, jamie fox's nathaniel anthony ayers exactly captured the nathaniel, er mr ayers, of the book, and more. On reciprocity and friendship in the soloist posted on october 23, 2014 by sparkdialogue the soloist is a hopeful account of nathaniel anthony ayers’ journey from julliard to a fetid street corner in la as told by an unexpected friend: la times columnist steve lopez.
Nathaniel ayers, like askins, grew up working class — in his case, cleveland was home 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. The figure in question is ayers (jamie foxx), a man whose promising career in music was cut short due to a debilitating bout with mental illness the more lopez learns about ayers, the greater his respect grows for the troubled soul. For the soloist is the true story of 58-year-old nathaniel ayers, who was once such a talented musician that he became one of the first black teenagers to be accepted by the worldrenowned. Nathaniel ayers has not seen the soloist, the biographical film that depicts his life as a musical genius living on los angeles' skid row but he has listened to it it's hard for ayers, a.
Jamie foxx: the soloist interview with kam williams jamie foxx texas native jamie foxx was born eric marlon bishop on december 13, 1967 and raised by his grandparents from the age of seven months following the failure of his parents’ marriage. Steve lopez takes nathaniel anthony ayers to san francisco, where he is honored for helping decrease the stigma of mental illness he was so eager to make the trip, he called several times to make sure it hadn't been canceled. The two previous quotes that i used for my final post for the soloist made me instantly think of mr nathaniel anthony ayers the first quote by gustav mahler placed me back to the first couple of weeks where steve and nathaniel began their journey together. A lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music published by thriftbookscom user, 8 years ago this is an odyssey of how one man tried to recover the psychologically unrecoverable: the idyllic world of lower class black cleveland for nathaniel ayers was forever shattered.
The soloist academy award-nominated atonement director joe wright teams with screenwriter susannah grant to tell the true-life story of nathaniel ayers, a former cello prodigy whose bouts with schizophrenia landed him on the streets after two years of schooling at juilliard. The life of nathaniel anthony ayers, 65, is the true story behind the 2009 film, the soloist, staring jamie foxx and robert downey jr the 65-year-old is a musical prodigy who can play the double.