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Emmerdale actor gets ‘nasty’ letters over gay character

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  1. Hence why so few actors will touch gay roles. The public won’t like you. So Danny Miller deserves our praise and thanks. Yes, some people will immediately say, “Ah, yes, but look he’s in work and look at the publicity he’s getting!” I say, “Ah, yes, but that publicity is going to be hard for the actor when it comes to future jobs”. So if you watch this series and like it, drop Danny Miller a note and say so!

  2. John(Derbyshire) 22 Mar 2010, 11:54pm

    You are right Eddy.Look what happened to the actor who played Todd in Corrie-out of the series-out of the job. I just think that ALL gay characters in soaps should be played by gay actors. Then all this stuff about “you`re playing it well” wouldn`t occur

  3. Would we say the same of actors playing child killers or axe murderers (and their are many). No.

    Playing a gay character does not harm an acting career, if the actor involved is actually good at acting.

    Whatever you think, Danny Miller does seem to be a very talented actor, and I have no worries this would hav a bad effect on his career.

  4. Not really fans if they feel the need to send in homophobic hatemail, hopefully the producers of Emmerdale have reported the letters to the police.

    Any way well done Emmerdale and Danny for creating a non soap steretypical gay man.

    of course there have been other gay charectors apart from those mentioned, there was Zoe Tate for one

  5. “You are right Eddy.Look what happened to the actor who played Todd in Corrie”

    If I recall this correctly it was the actor’s own decision to leave. Generally speaking agents don’t like straight actors playing gay roles.

  6. Mumbo Jumbo 23 Mar 2010, 2:32pm

    “Look what happened to the actor who played Todd in Corrie”

    He did an episode of Dr Who and then, by the look of him now, ate all the pies.

    As for Danny Miller, it’s a well written part, well acted.

    (I know this because sometimes, just sometimes mind you, a man needs something more than just CH4 News).

  7. Playing a gay character didn’t do Mathew Broderick any harm!
    Nice to see a ‘normal type’ gay being played rather than the pantomime ‘I’m free’ bloke on Corrie.

  8. I’ve watched Danny Miller in this part and he has played it superbly – so much so I keep wanting to yell at him – “Come on,lad – get down to Manchester and the Icebreakers!” What I am not so sure of is why Aaron hasn’t had a butchers on the internet.I am sure most lads today who were curious would go this route first.I know I would have done when I was in Aaron’s position in the 1960′s.Instead I went down to the local Penguin bookstore and bought a book!”Homosexuality by Dr West” – I can remember it to this day.

  9. Ah, Doctor West – I read it well and still have it lurking around somewhere! It most certainly didn’t do much good for my self-esteem at the time, as i remember.
    I feel it’s such a pity that there’s a group in society who take TV characters as real people. Have they never heard of Acting? Don’t they know the difference?
    I don’t watch Emerdale, although I’m sure it’s very good and Soap characters are invariably excellent actors, and so playing a gay role is what this chap can add to his CV. He’s been trained to act and now he’s acting!
    What more can be said?

  10. Peter Rivendell 23 Mar 2010, 5:06pm

    I also agree that Danny Miller is doing a magnificent job as Aaron. And he’s as cute as a button. I’m slightly puzzled why Hotton appears to have a gay bar that’s busy every night of the week – something Manchester struggles to achieve but good luck to him.

    As for the ‘buffoon’ who suggested that all gay characters should be played only by gay actors – talk about fuelling our own oppression. Give him the Rupert Everett Award for Self-Delusion.

    And Bruno Langley (Todd from Corrie) has not gone short of work. Just because he’s not moved to The Bill or Casualty (the standard ex-soap route) doesn’t mean he’s working in Starbucks and sobbing because people think he’s a ‘mo because he played one on telly.

  11. I agree that gay bar in Hotten seems busier than most in Manchester. Who would have thought Hotten was such a hotbed of gay pubs.

    The guy is aplaying the part really well, and it is SO refreshing to have a gay character that is not the typical stereotype. There was one scene where his sense of frustration at the reality of it all was played to perfection.

    For a straight person like Danny to play this part so convincingly suggests he is a very talented actor

  12. Ward and George in Hawaii 26 Mar 2010, 5:53pm

    It is surprising to me to hear that the complex and all too common internalized homophobia comes to you folks as a surprise

  13. well. I’ve just come across this site and I probably wont leave another message, but I also watched Thursdays Emmerdale and it mirrored my postion to a tee, and I’m wanting to know how to write Danny one of those ‘thank you’ letters. Aaron’s storyline is the only sexuality storyline I’ve seen where I can completely relate to the character………..just reading your guys comments and don’t forget Aarons straight mechanic colleague was also the ‘gay’ Hollyoaks one not too long ago – it hasn’t seemed to hurt his acting career!

    Made a point on thursday of going round to my parents and saying I wanted to watch the episode…and my tears at the end might have put the puzzle together lol

    If anyone knows how I can write a ‘fan’ mail to Danny Miller, could you email me : fivesmelytoes@aol.com or reply to this. thanks :)

  14. well. I’ve just come across this site and I probably wont leave another message, but I also watched Thursdays Emmerdale and it mirrored my postion to a tee, and I’m wanting to know how to write Danny one of those ‘thank you’ letters. Aaron’s storyline is the only sexuality storyline I’ve seen where I can completely relate to the character………..just reading your guys comments and don’t forget Aarons straight mechanic colleague was also the ‘gay’ Hollyoaks one not too long ago – it hasn’t seemed to hurt his acting career!

    Made a point on thursday of going round to my parents and saying I wanted to watch the episode…and my tears at the end might have put the puzzle together lol

    If anyone knows how I can write a ‘fan’ mail to Danny Miller, could you email me : fivesmelytoes at aol . com or reply to this. thanks :)

  15. Danny is doing a fantastic job of playing Aaron and the very best of luck to him. Remember: portraying a gay role did not harm Tom Hanks’ career. Keep up the good work Danny.

  16. Tony Wares 15 Sep 2010, 1:13am

    The general public tend to place labels on the gay population as either camped up old fairies or butched up dykes. I’m overjoyed that this chavvy, troublesome and almost (dare i say it) ‘NORMAL’ young man has now decided to join te ranks of us ‘NORMAL’ gays that don’t see a label in sight.

    Great work on the part of the producers, writers and actors involved in the storyline. For those of us who are just everyday guys who happen to be gay, we look at this as education for the masses! For the likes of queer as folk and the such like, which did nothing for the stereotypical judgements placed on us by the masses. I’d like to think that Danny can remain to pull this gay character off without buckling under the stress of the homophobic letters and hate mail. The Police SHOULD be involved, it’s a hate crime after all!!

  17. I’d ‘do’ him,end of,simple as!

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