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The stars who went gay for pay

PinkNews Staff Writer January 29, 2019

Films are an important voice for a lot of LGBT people as they offer vital representation in society. Actors do an important job of starring as our favourite characters in films.

However, very few LGBT roles are filled by openly LGBT actors. Actors who are open about their sexuality are struggling to carve a successful career path for themselves – a fact that is not helped by their heterosexual counterparts filling up roles that some might argue should be reserved for them.

PinkNews has compiled all a list of all the Hollywood stars who have gone “gay for pay” on the big screen. We’ve also explored the gay actors who have made a name for themselves playing it straight.

1. Ewan McGregor in ‘I love You Phillip Morris’

Ewan McGregor as Phillip Morris in "I Love You Phillip Morris"
Ewan McGregor as Phillip Morris in “I Love You Phillip Morris” (Photo by LD Entertainment / Roadside Attractions)

Ewan McGregor plays Phillip Morris in the film. The pair shares a rollercoaster love story about prison breaks, forgiveness and ill health.

After they are both released, Russell is cause embezzling and the pair are sent back to prison. Morris is enraged by his actions and tells him that he does not want to see him again.

He later learnt that Russell is dying of AIDS-related complications, and he phoned him to tell him that he is still mad but still loves him.

Russell later “dies”, but this is just another hoax so that he could get out and see Morris once more.

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