Alex Blaze

Straight actors don't want to play gay

Filed By Alex Blaze | September 12, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

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"It's a sensitive and intimate depiction of what it is to be gay in India. The kissing scene is not there to press media buttons. The script genuinely called for some onscreen intimacy between the stars.[...]

When I was writing the script, I didn't have myself in mind for the role of Ashley. I wanted a more established and senior actor. But when I approached some of them, they rejected it straight away, which is quite sad because if you offer these actors the role of a smuggler or a terrorist, they'll do it. But offer them the role of a gay man and they have apprehensions.

Some suggested that the gay plotline should not be the main story, perhaps a subplot, while others asked if I could scrap the kissing scene."

--Kapil Sharma, who wrote Bollywood's first big gay film, Dunno Y


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Is that really surprising? When Tommy Lee Jones was approached to play the lead role in the Hollywood version of "The Front Runner" back in the 1970s,he was reported to have said, "I don't want to play no fucking faggot." Other top tier actors - including Paul Newman and Burt Reynolds - also said 'no.'

India is where we were about forty years ago. So while, yes, this behavior is abhorrent, it is not entirely surprising.