How real is the reel Radio?
Page 2's Jeff Merron compares Radio's real life to Radio's reel life.
As "Radio" starts to roll, the words appear on the screen: "Inspired by a true story." This much is true: Hollywood immediately saw the multiplex potential of Gary Smith's 1996 Sports Illustrated article, "Someone to Lean On," about James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, a mentally disabled man who became part of Hanna (S.C.) High School, and, particularly, its sports teams.
But what does "inspired by" mean when the title character is alive, and even appears in the film? When the other main character ...
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