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Colin Firth says Hollywood ‘constrains’ gay actors

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  1. Robert, ex pat Brit 8 Dec 2009, 6:10pm

    One of the few classiest, supportive actors out there. He’s so adorable.

  2. Richard GS 8 Dec 2009, 6:46pm

    If you read Craig Chester’s (Kiss Me Guido) autobiography *Why the Long Face?* you’ll find confirmation that going public is career suicide in Hollywood. (It’s a good read, too, better than the Sedaris books I think.) Check the careers of any of the out actors before and after they came out or were outed. It really stinks.

  3. Jean-Paul Bentham 8 Dec 2009, 8:42pm

    Colin Firth is extremely talented…and most credible. I believe him.

  4. Ladyfriend 8 Dec 2009, 11:00pm

    Nobody believed Rupert Everett. What makes it different this time?

  5. Rupert was moaning about his own problems. Colin is making a valid point about inequalities in the movie business.

  6. John(Derbyshire) 9 Dec 2009, 12:00am

    Is it just coincidence that Colin Firth happens to be in the new St Trinnians movie—along with -yes- Rupert Everett???!!!

  7. Actually this is the second gay role I’ve seen Colin Firth do. The first was in Mamma Mia as closet-case boyfriend no.3 Harry, who comes out at the end of the movie. Is Colin trying to tell us something or am I reading too much into this?

  8. you’re reading too much in it, flapjack! John, he was in the first St. Trinians film, too. Its the only thing I’ve ever seen either of them in. And I only watched that because, at the time, both were on the list of possible choices for another role and I was curious what they were like.

  9. Ladyfriend 9 Dec 2009, 10:35am

    playing gay roles doesn’t make him gay, any more htan a gay actor playign straight makes him straight.

  10. Simon Murphy 9 Dec 2009, 10:49am

    Colin Firth should not be making excuses for gay men to stay in the closet in Hollywood.

    It is a self-fulfilling prophecy – the more you bash home the (unfounded) message that being openly gay ruins careers the less likely it is that people will challenge this.

    Alan Cumming; Ian McKellen; Jodie Foster and Rupert Everett (yes even him despite his whining) have all enjoyed reasonably successful careers since coming out (Everett’s dreadful choice of roles has as much to do with his faltering career as his homosexuality does).

    What Firth is doing here is simply repeating the lies he has been told by the closet case actors. They are using this as an excuse. Colin Firth probably feels a bit self-concious about the fact that all the good gay roles are played by straight men.

  11. Simon Murphy 9 Dec 2009, 10:53am

    Regarding the closet case actors – they need to remember that they will not be respected for being closetted after their careers are over.

    Rock Hudson for example is more famous these days for being the closet case who died of Aids than for any of his film work. His nightmare about being known as ‘the fag actor who died of Aids’ (his words, not mine) have come true in exactly the same way he dreaded.

  12. I think you might have put your finger on it, Simon. Generally, the truth is better than a lie in most situations. Surely Hollywood is grown up enough to cope with the reality of gay actors by now.

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