Ben Wishaw Doesn't Always Believe Straights Playing Gay Parts, Ryan Field Gay Romance

Ben Wishaw Doesn’t always Believe Straights Playing Gay Parts

Most people don’t realize that when Abe Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address he used one-syllable words and he kept it short and sweet. He was a smart man who knew how to make his point. Anything longer or more self-indulgent and he would have lost his audience. 

With that said, this is a very LONG piece about Ben Wishaw, the actor. It’s so long they almost lost me, but I wanted to get to the part where he talks about straights playing gay for pay. Recently I posted about Eddie Redmayne and how he regreeted playing a trans character. Even though Redmayne was beyond excellent in that role, he regretted doing it for various reasons. And I agree with him. Just because you can do something well doesn’t mean you should be doing it. 

So I was curious about what Wishaw had to say on the topic.

Why shouldn’t a role like that be given to someone who knows, inside, what the character is? I’m all for that. I feel the same, sometimes, about straight actors playing gay parts. I’m critical if I don’t think the performance is, from my subjective experience, accurate. I might think, ‘I don’t believe you!’ And even a small moment of hesitation or inauthenticity will block my engagement with the whole story. So I understand these questions.”

This was my problem with Brokeback Mountain, a book written by a straight woman and a movie with straights playing gay. There were scenes that were simply not believable to me. One of which was the anal sex scene. I can still remember that. I wonder if Ms. Proulx tried that out personally, herself. 

Here’s more. I think he answered the question very wisely, and politely. I feel the same way when I see a straight playing gay, or when I read a book with all gay content that was written by a straight author. The rest of the straight world probably won’t notice. But we know right from the start. You can’t fool us. 

But check out the entire article. I know it’s long but it’s worth the read. They get into a lot more about hot Ben Wishaw.

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