A while ago, I ranted big time about how 50 Shades of Grey is the worst thing ever. I completely admit that I overreacted, and have since screwed back my opinion on the topic. Because one does like to keep the peace in one’s life.
But Shades is in the news again. Well, I know what you`re thinking. It hasn`t been out of the news since I got back from Eroticon, way back in March.
But there is talk of a Shades movie doing the rounds. It seems natural, after the success and in the wake of other book-to-movie adaptations such as Twilight and, more recently, The Hunger Games. There`s already a buzz about who is going to take up the role of heroine Anastasia and her suitor, Christian Grey.
And that`s where this story comes in.
Bret Easton Ellis, author of the classic American Psycho, has taken an unusual interest in the movie. For a while, Ellis was in the running to write the screenplay, but is now officially out of the running. Still, he continues his odd love campaign.
His latest opinion on the casting matter had me in a foamy fury. But it did leave me wondering…
Matt Bomer, star of TV drama White Collar (currently in the cinemas in Magic Mike) has been name-dropped a few times in connection with the role of Christian. But Ellis proved to be very vocal about his spot on the shortlist.
In a flurry of tweets, Ellis explained that he deemed Bomer “too gay” for the role of the young entrepreneur.
The entire tweet up can be read in this article from the Huffington Post.
Some of the choice comments were that Mr. Bomer, although a handsome fella, comes off as “totally gay” in White Collar. He also mentioned that the role of Christian demands an actor who is “totally into women”, and that being married to a man makes him wrong for the part.
After calming myself down and breezing the words “GADDAMNWANKER” through my teeth more than I`ve eaten lunch this month, I started thinking.
My first thought would be that it wouldn`t really matter what Bomer`s sexual orientation is. He`s an actor. He can “act”. He`s also neither a stripper nor a con man, and yet he has played both on both small and big screen. Surely he can play the role of a young and slightly crooked tycoon who falls in love with a woman?
If Bomer should have the right chemistry with the woman who will play Anastasia, I see no trouble in it.
My second thought was a weird one.
A few years ago, I caught an interview with John Barrowman on late night television. He mentioned to Graham Norton that he was once up for the part of Will in sitcom Will & Grace. He was eventually denied the role for looking “too straight”.
And now Matt Bomer is “too gay”. Which makes me wonder what is wrong with society (and more particularly the film business) to still use these boxes. Too gay, too straight. Too fat, too thin. Too manly, too feminine. And so on, and so on.
Can you really be too something or other to get something that you want? Can you be too gay to get a certain movie role? Can you be too fat to be a successful singer?
Should the way you look or the way you are really influence the chances you get in life?
Just a thought.