gay filmaker advises gay actors to stay closeted

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    Jul 21, 2009 11:18 PM GMT
    i got this from a online article.....

    "We thought Outfest was about supporting out people making movies, but this year that is not the case.

    Similar to a statement director Todd Holland gave last week, writer/director Don Roos has detailed the benefits of staying in the closet.

    During another discussion at Outfest, the LGBT Los Angeles film festival, Roos felt that an actor's openness in their personal life may harm their career.

    “I can’t cast Mel Gibson in a movie. Who could put Tom Cruise in a movie right now? When I see Tom Cruise, I think of Scientology, jumping on a sofa and getting into a fight with Brooke Shields,” said openly gay Roos of casting. “I prefer more mystery. I don’t want to know about [the actor’s] political views, whether they’re gay or straight.”

    He continued, “I have a deep respect for homophobia [in American society] and I don’t think it will ever go away. I don’t think actors coming out is going to help end homophobia. I think doctors, teachers and lawyers coming out will end homophobia.”

    Deep respect for homophobia?!

    Roos felt compelled to expand on his ideas of racism in America, saying, "We’re a country of bigots. I don’t want that to go away entirely. We wouldn’t be interesting anymore.”

    An openly gay male telling other gay individuals that bigotry has a place in America?!"


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    Jul 21, 2009 11:24 PM GMT
    directors should keep the mystery alive as well... I'm not interested in their politics.

    His last couple of movies flopped, maybe he misses the spot-light.
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    Jul 21, 2009 11:27 PM GMT
    As a filmmaker myself, check my profile, I can honestly tell you to ignore everything said by people that run gay film festivals. Writers and casters are completely unqualified to decide what would appeal to an audience.

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    Jul 21, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    If America at large knew what a lot of Hollywood stars did in their private time the industry would collapse and a whole bunch of people would be in prison. A mere bit of gay sex would be the least of the concerns.

    The whole thing is built on certain appearances no matter how fake they may be.

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    Jul 21, 2009 11:37 PM GMT
    He doesn't want an end to bigotry in the country, because we wouldn't be 'interesting' anymore.


    Surely we can do without that kind of 'interesting'
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    Jul 21, 2009 11:43 PM GMT
    tereseus1 said
    He continued, “I have a deep respect for homophobia [in American society] and I don’t think it will ever go away.

    I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he means he respects homophobia in America the way I "respect" religious right conservatives.

    That is, I acknowledge their existence and (baffling as it is) the sheer strength of their numbers.

    This might be called "respect" in a dictionary definition, but I certainly would have worded it differently.
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    Jul 22, 2009 3:14 AM GMT
    He apologized a day later and encouraged everyone to be who he or she is.
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    Jul 22, 2009 5:48 AM GMT
    Well, if any gay actors are living their lives openly in the public eyes - they'd be typecast into gay roles and their career will eventually die (they won't get any lead roles for any major film - because the majority of heterosexual women just wouldn't fantasize them anymore - this is 1 theory) - (Look at Rupert Everett). On the other hand, straight actors who played gay characters will almost always win an Oscar (ex. Tom Hanks and Sean Penn). It usually comes down to publicity, how hot/sexy you look and if you can bring in an audience. I mean - there is that cute actor TR Knight on Grey's Anatomy but I don't see him in anything else since the TV show. icon_cool.gificon_rolleyes.gif It just shows that Hollywood/US movie industry is still a conservative/homophobic place for most gays and lesbians. (well except if you're Ellen Degeneres!)

  • Jul 22, 2009 7:02 AM GMT
    Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise have been openly batshit crazy, which, if they're seen as any kind of trouble in the industry, is the reason for it. Meanwhile, Neil Patrick Harris is doing pretty well on How I Met Your Mother, and the Dr. Horrible project, both straight roles.