English patient pined for Nazi soldier

The real-life model for Michael Ondaatje’s Laszlo Almasy, an ailing count pining for his dead lover in The English Patient, didn’t have much in common with the fictional character:

A book to be published this month will detail the real life of Laszlo, played by Ralph Fiennes in the film based on the novel, who was a very different character. He was not a count and he did not have an affair with a beautiful married Englishwoman. His true lover did die tragically but he was a Nazi soldier killed by a landmine.

(Via Lailita, who’s under the weather — and the politics — poor dear.)


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