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Colin Firth wins best actor gong for gay character

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  1. Brian Burton 15 Sep 2009, 7:25pm

    I say Sir, well done Mr Darcy! Are you a friend of Dorothy?

  2. Ok, but why does he have to say ‘it’s not a gay story’ as if he has to excuse or apologise for the subject? Why can’t it be a gay story?

  3. Why can’t it be just a story in which some of the characters are gay and have no labels? Loneliness is universal, and so is grief.

  4. Yes, granted. But it sounds as if he’s embarrassed about the gay theme. And there’s no need to be.

  5. Jean-Paul Bentham 16 Sep 2009, 12:57am

    Colin is a highly successful actor, and it’s not just because he is an absolute dreamboat. I have no problem with his appraisal of the film, none at all.

  6. Oh Mr Darcy; what would Miss Bennett say! ;-) (Mrs Bennett would have the vapours and faint, methinks!)

  7. Mihangel apYrs 16 Sep 2009, 1:18pm

    Surely the dynamics of being a gay man bereft of your partner are different from a straight man losing a partner. There aren’t the same societal support systems, or recognition of the loss (better now though).

    I look forward to seeing the film, but the “gay man’s best friend is a woman” is a bit unrealistic nowadays: my best friends – the ones I can talk to about everything – are all gay men.

  8. Jean-Paul Bentham 16 Sep 2009, 8:51pm

    We are talking about a Christopher Isherwood novel here; it’s bound to have a special meaning for us, even if it is a history lesson.

    But Isherwood, a close friend of W.H. Auden, is known to have brooched universal theme, so let’s give it a chance.

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