In what ways did John Nash’s mental illness manifest itself in the movie?

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In director Ron Howard’s adaptation of Sylvia Nasar’s biography of gifted mathematician and Nobel Prize recipient John Nash, A Beautiful Mind , the titular character’s mental illness manifests itself in delusional relationships with nonexistent people and in the belief that he was part of a Cold War–era intelligence struggle in which his skills at decoding were crucial to the American effort. For moviegoers unfamiliar with Nash’s story and Nasar’s biography, the revelation in the film that people close to him, mainly the characters of “Charles” (performed by Paul Bettany),...

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