Director Greg Berlanti says Hollywood execs wouldn’t let him cast gay actors in straight roles


Director Greg Berlanti says Hollywood execs wouldn’t let him cast gay actors in straight roles



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  1. This is why people say gay actors should play gay roles, plenty of out gay actors say they got less roles after coming out and they weren’t given romantic lead roles. Why do you think so many gay actors are in the closet and this is just talking about tv movies are even worse.

  2. This must be just a movie thing because John Barrowman plays a straight man in Arrow, one of Greg Berlanti’s shows.

    I’m sure there are heaps but that was the first that came to mind.

  3. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s still happening, but he does say this happened “early in his career.”

  4. Given that he’s running like half the cheap dramas on basic cable I’m guessing this rule doesn’t stand anymore.

  5. The first thing I think of is how the execs didn’t want to cast Thomas Dekker as John Connor because he seemed like he might be too gay (or effeminate) for the part. This is speculation, though (no one has outright said that’s the reason they were reluctant). The showrunner/creator Josh Friedman was adamant about casting Thomas and eventually they let him be cast in the role because one of the execs showed the audition tape against another audition tape (it was between Thomas and one other guy) to their young girls at home and the girls liked Thomas more. So they cast Thomas. But it was a battle to let him have the part because they thought he seemed gay.

    I’m so glad they did cast him because he’s my favorite John Connor and embodies all the essential qualities that make that character so important.

    Thomas actually had to battle this before Terminator, in Heroes. He was cast as a straight character. The execs then decided to make his character gay because they realized that Thomas was gay. Thomas was furious at that decision and left the show.

  6. Hey there man. Hollywood had a gay couple kiss in the background of a deleted scene that one time. They are the good guys.

  7. >“I think Damian was the first gay role I saw where the character was just comfortable being himself and there wasn’t too much focus on his being gay,”

    Isn’t this the same Damian and the same Mean Girls that spawned the “too gay to function” meme? The role *only* focused on his gayness. It was his whole character, an over the top super gay man that was there solely for comic effect.

    Is he just lying to try and cover the fact that he made the mistake of taking on a stereotypical ultra-gay comedy role and allowing himself to get typecast?

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