With a jovial touch, the show will highlight such issues as gay conversion therapy, opposing political views, aging, grief and loss. In the world of gay men, being influential requires an exert of strong influence, but also a humanitarian streak.Jack Nicholson, by the force of his charm, makes you forget how he’s entirely too old to win Helen Hunt’s heart in As Good as It Gets.For gay actors, why should sexual orientation limit a gay actor’s choice of roles?He comes off as wooden and insincere, as if he’s trying to hide something, which of course he is.Even the play’s most hilarious scene, when Chuck tries to pick up a drunk woman at a bar, devolves into unintentional camp.Is it funny because of all the ’60s-era one-liners, or because the woman is so drunk (and clueless) that she agrees to go home with a guy we all know is gay? For decades, Hollywood has kept gay actors—Tab Hunter, Van Johnson, Richard Chamberlain, Rock Hudson, etc.—in the closet, to their detriment.
In the 1950s the idea of “colorblind casting” became a reality, and the result is that today there’s nothing to stop Denzel Washington from playing the Walter Matthau role in the remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.
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Jack (Sean Hayes) and Will (Eric Mc Cormack) try dating younger guys and Jack goes to great lengths to look younger.
Cynthia Nixon had a male partner when she originated Miranda on Sex and the City, Kelly Mc Gillis was straight when she steamed up Top Gun’s sheets, and Anne Heche went back to dating men (including her Men in Trees costar); we believed their characters before their sexuality became an issue. Doesn’t it mean something that no openly gay actor like that exists?
If an actor of the stature of George Clooney came out of the closet tomorrow, would we still accept him as a heterosexual leading man?
Thankfully, this seems ridiculous in the era of Portia de Rossi and Neil Patrick Harris.