The leap of imagination that this person took was completely overwhelming to me. When Peirce later confronted her about her lie, Swank responded, "But that's what Brandon would do". The men appear to have no homes, relationally or physically: Archived from the original on October 9, Myra Hird, in the International Feminist Journal of Politics , argued that John and Brandon exemplify two different and contrasting types of masculinity, and that Brandon's version is preferred by the film's female characters, comparing them to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jimmy Stewart , respectively. Denying Otherness in American Beauty ".
However, Peirce modified the script to fit her vision to focus on the relationship between Brandon and his year-old girlfriend Lana Tisdel, which Peirce termed a "great love story",   in contrast to All She Wanted , which did not place an emphasis on the relationship. Some Thoughts on 'Boys Don't Cry ' ". Moss; Zeavin, Lynne
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Archived from the original on October 7, Lana bails Brandon out and asks why he was placed in a women's prison. Retrieved April 25, The producers initially wanted to film in Falls City, Nebraska , where the real-life events had taken place; however, budget constraints meant that principal photography had to occur in Texas. His masculinity is carefully scripted.