Stanley Tucci, actor who plays a gay character in an upcoming film, on the debate over whether straight actors should play gay roles:
“I have difficulty with that. I think that acting is all about not being yourself. If we were to use that as a template, then we would only ever play ourselves. I think that what we need to do, we need to give more gay actors opportunities. People who are gay have only recently, in the last few years recently, have been able to say ‘I’m gay and I’m an actor and I can play straight roles.’ They’ve always had to hide their sexuality so they could play the leading man or the leading woman. Having played a number of gay characters, you want to do it so that it’s, as you do with any character, you just want to be truthful to it.”
I like the idea of gay actors playing gay roles, but then do we tell gay actors they can’t play straight?
Sidenote: I have a huuuuge crush on Stanley Tucci.
Adam Kinzinger, Republican Congressman from Illinois, shared his disgust with this week’s House GQP meeting concerning Liz Cheney and MTraitorG, and the standing ovation given Greene:
“It was disappointing by a factor of 1,000. The only thing that could change is if today she comes out and publicly shows that she has moved on, contriteness. That takes eating a lot of humble pie and it’s probably going to hurt her fundraising base, so I’m not sure that’s going to happen because I think a lot of this kind of boisterousness on her part is to get a bunch of Twitter followers and to raise a bunch of money. If she does that publicly today, you know, then I reserve the right to vote against the resolution on the floor. Otherwise, I do intend to vote to remove her from her from her committees, and I think it should have been done by the Republicans.”
Good on Kinzinger, though I’d vote her off no matter if she apologizes publicly or not, because she’d only be doing that to save herself.
And she needs to be relegated to the dustbin of Congress.
RuPaul, on trans inclusion on Drag Race:
“It’s to keep an open mind. I walked into this thing with an idea of what drag is and the kids have a different idea. They keep changing it. This season we have a trans man who is on our show who is competing with the other drag queens and this man is fantastic. Fantastic! So, you know, I keep moving with what the kids are doing.”
Okay, I’m going out on a limb here. I understand a trans man doing female drag because he’s a man. But there have been people transitioning to female on drag race—Gia Gunn, I think, comes to mind—but is it drag for a woman to do drag as a woman? Am I being a dolt? It just seems odd, like I wouldn’t understand a woman assigned the female gender at birth doing drag as a female.
MM? Give me your perspective.
Jonathan Bailey, who stars in Netflix’s Bridgerton, on being gay in the entertainment industry:
“The most conservative conversations I’ve had about me being honest about my sexuality in this day and age have come from gay men in the industry, ‘Oh, no, you can’t come out. You shouldn’t really do that If you do that, you’re going to have to…’ They’re either people who work in publicity, or there’s also been casting directors who have put the call into my agent to say, ‘Just so that you know, the way that this is going to be sold is that it’s a gay story written by gay writers for gay actors. So, by just taking the role…' This was at a stage where perhaps I was coming to terms with my own sexuality, I hadn’t necessarily hidden it, but I’ve never been not honest about it. It’s just there had never been a need to talk about it. There’s a sense of shame, I think, that’s palpable throughout gay men within the industry. But then there’s also this heteronormative, heterosexual understanding of sexuality. So, in my generation, the out gay actors are now being poached, and you get a script sent through and they’ll say, ‘Must be comfortable with talking about sexuality.’ So that is in one way a brilliant thing, because it’s saying we’re not encouraging anyone not to talk about sexuality, but it’s also showing that sexuality is becoming a commodity. That actually there needs to be this sense that studios are hiring gay actors to play either gay actors or straight.”
It’s 2021 and still we have people being told to hide themselves and stay in the closet.
Get over it. Gay people exist. We work in every field, even TV and movies; you can’t not see us, so stop trying to make us disappear.
Sidenote: is he totally adorable or what?
Side-sidenote: I have recently had an opening for a new Husband-In-My-Head and this British bite might just be the perfect thing.