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Study: Audiences don’t mind gay actors playing straight roles

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  1. “New research shows when an actor comes out as not being exactly like the person he is pretending to be, it doesn’t affect how the audience rates his or her performance on screen.”

    We’re talking about actors.

  2. Jock S. Trap 14 May 2013, 12:43pm

    Well isn’t that nice…. ( and yes I am being sarcastic)

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 14 May 2013, 1:03pm

    There hasn’t been one openly gay actor or actress offered a leading straight role in Hollywood to my knowledge. TV series aren’t quite the same and don’t reach a larger audience as films do.

    1. Luke Evans has just been offered The Crow and has a healthy career to date. There may be hope yet.

  4. I’m so glad it’s changing – TV has been much more advanced in this respect than Hollywood – but there’s still a long way to go: it’s surprising, even shocking, how many otherwise fairly cool and even young people will still say they find an actor known to be gay unconvincing in a non-gay role (though seldom the reverse).

  5. Staircase2 14 May 2013, 2:45pm

    I oove the very oovely Mr Tovey :o) but
    I thought his Dr Who character was supposed to be gay though no?

  6. Love Russell Tovey. Wish we could see more of his ating here in the States.

  7. Suddenly Last Bummer 14 May 2013, 6:48pm

    Must we have to see Russell Tovey’s mug as an illustration of this story? He looks like the half witted love child of Mr Potato Head.

    1. Typical superficial queer. Ar$eholes like you give the rest of us a bad name.

  8. Gary Barbosa-Strickland 15 May 2013, 11:22am

    John Barrowman plays both straight and gay roles, he is playing a straight role on “Arrow”. There should be no difference between straight actors playing Gay roles and Gay actors playing straight roles.

  9. In other news water is wet

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