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The stars who went gay for pay

PinkNews Staff Writer February 15, 2019

4. Meryl Streep in ‘The Hours’

Meryl Streep as Clarissa Vaughan in "The Hours"
Meryl Streep as Clarissa Vaughan in “The Hours” (Photo by Paramount Pictures)

Streep stars in the early 2000’s film as a lesbian, Clarissa Vaughan. Vaughan is the title character of the novel which the film is based off.

The film focuses on the stories of three different generations of women but Vaughan’s story is about her caring for a close friend and former lover who has contracted HIV and is dying of AIDS-related complications.

It centres around her planning a party for him in his last days.

5. River Phoenix in ‘My Own Private Idaho’

River Phoenix as Mike Waters in "My Own Private Idaho"
River Phoenix as Mike Waters in “My Own Private Idaho” (Photo by Fine Line Features)

Phoenix stars as gay hustler Mike Waters in My Own Private Idaho, which an adaptation of a series of Shakespeare novels.

His character, Mike, suffers from narcolepsy and we follow his journey as he travels across the US from Oregon to Idaho in the search for his estranged mother.

He takes the journey with his close friend Scott, and as they travel Mike behind to fall in love with him.

Their journey takes them to Italy, where Mike’s mother has migrated to search for her own family. While there, Mike realises that his mother has returned to the US but Scott falls in love with a woman. Mike returns to the US without him.

6. Tom Hanks in ‘Philadelphia’

Tom Hanks as Andrew Beckett in "Philadelphia"
Tom Hanks as Andrew Beckett in “Philadelphia” (Photo by Clinica Estetico)

Tom Hanks plays Andrew Beckett, a closeted gay lawyer who is a senior associate at one of the largest corporate law firms in the city.

While balancing his secret and professional lives, Beckett contracts AIDS.

Beckett is later fired and he believes that someone in his firm sabotaged him because of the diagnosis, and so he launches a lawsuit against the firm.

During the trial, he becomes weaker and is eventually hospitalised but the jury decides to rule in his favour and £5 million in damages is paid out to him. Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role.

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