There’s a film coming out about the life and times of “Liberace,” Matt Damon and Michael Douglas are going to star in it, and there are a few gay sex scenes.
I’ve posted about how one of the biggest taboos in Hollywood has always been related to anything gay, and recently interviewed a young gay actor, Jeffery Self, about his new novel that talks about closeted gay actors. But they never seem to shy away from putting straight actors like Matt Damon in lead gay roles with gay sex scenes. And we never stop listening to the pithy little interviews these straight actors give afterward about doing the gay sex scenes.
It’s interesting. So they couldn’t find one single gay actor to play the part of Liberace’s lover? I know. I’m supposed to be open about that and all actors should play be able to play any role regardless of their sexual orientation. It’s just that I don’t see anyone breaking any doors down to offer Jeffery Self…or other openly gay actors…any lead roles in feature films. That idiot Brett Easton Ellis didn’t think Matt Bomer could play Christian in 50 Shades.
That’s all I’m going to comment on this one. I’m sure Matt Damon did a good job and I’m sure the film’s going to be more than interesting. I’ve always been a fan of both Damon and Douglas. And, at best, I like when “they” throw us a bone and do a film like this. We don’t get much and Liberace was one of the most notorious closeted gays in the entertainment business. But this is also one of the reasons why I’d like to see an actor like Matt Bomer play Christian Grey in the upcoming 50 Shades film.
In any event, this is what Damon had to say about playing gay:
Damon explained that the numerous gay sex scenes were not exactly comforting for him. “The scene where I’m behind him and going at him, we did that in one take. We do it. Cut. There’s a long pause. And then you just hear Steven [director Steven Soderbergh] go, ‘Well… I have no notes.’”
I hope he’s not scarred for life. But I think he’ll survive the trauma. It didn’t hurt Rock Hudson or any of the other gay actors who *couldn’t* come out back in the day.
He also said this:
The “Promised Land” actor is proud of the role and the boundary-pushing film. “It’s the kind of movie that if it were a man and a woman, it would feel a little too intimate and you’d feel like, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t be watching this,'” Damon told PopSugar. “But it’s a man and a man. And I’ve never seen that movie before. So hopefully people will dig it.”
He has a point there. However, if it were a man and a woman, Matt, you wouldn’t have commented on it one way or the other. It wouldn’t be significant enough to comment about. Just saying. Sometimes the most liberal thing an actor can do is keep his or her mouth shut.
This article went on to mention a few more interesting things.
Here are two generations of Hollywood heartthrobs as you’ve never seen them before.
Sounds like the circus is coming to town.
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon pose for the current cover of Entertainment Weekly camped out as the late, flamboyant pianist Liberace and his much younger live-in lover, Scott Thorson. Douglas is nearly unrecognizeable as Liberace while Damon’s usual aw, shucks grin remains.
Maybe I’m being too sensitive here, but am I the only one who thinks this looks like they’re doing black face? (Here’s a post I wrote about Jim Sturgess doing yellowface.) Or is the mainstream media just making it look that way? We won’t know until the film is released. I’m keeping an open mind about this one. But I’m also prepared for all the fresh hells we’ll be seeing in future articles about what it’s like to be gay and what it’s like for these “hearthrobs” to do gay sex scenes.
As a side note, I would like to add that Liberace wasn’t the only one who looked that way in the 1970’s. I was a kid and I still remember how ridiculous some of the styles were. Liberace just exaggerated a look that many straight men adopted during that time period. So the look isn’t all that “gay.”
Bill Clinton Calls DOMA Discriminatory:
The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 are headed to the Supreme Court soon and it seems as if a lot of people are now coming out in support of same sex marriage, including well-known Republicans like Clint Eastwood, which I posted about last week.
Although the fact that Republicans in support of same sex marriage often shocks people, it’s not something new and it’s not something we hear about all too often. I even posted about Patricia Heaton, a Republican in Hollywood heaven forbid, who has always maintained support of same sex marriage. I’ve posted so many times about openly gay Fred Karger who ran on the Republican ticket last year for President supporting same sex marriage so many times I’ll just link to this and you can shuffle through it if you’re so inclined.
And now former president Bill Clinton has decided to speak openly about his support of same sex marriage, even though he signed the DOMA bill while he was President. However, I remember this, too. Clinton was a victim of his times, and at the time I do remember this wasn’t a bill he was thrilled about and he didn’t believe in it. He only did it to keep things from getting worse. 1996 doesn’t seem like that long ago, but trust me, it was.
When I signed the bill, I included a statement with the admonition that “enactment of this legislation should not, despite the fierce and at times divisive rhetoric surrounding it, be understood to provide an excuse for discrimination.” Reading those words today, I know now that, even worse than providing an excuse for discrimination, the law is itself discriminatory. It should be overturned.
Although things haven’t changed all that much on the Hollywood end, at least we’re still moving forward in Washington. And great deal has changed since 1996.
Photo above found here.