Are you upset when a straight actor plays a gay role?

United States
December 6, 2007 6:58pm CST
I like to know your opinion my gay friends.I am straight and I have seen many a gay themed film but most of the roles were played by straight actors and actresses.Does this tick you off?Isn't there great gay actors that would want to have these roles?Or does it really matter?Help.
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• Canada
7 Dec 07
It doesn't matter to me if they're gay or straight. Tom Hanks playing the lead in Philadelphia, was phenomenal - and he's straight. I think if he wasn't a capable actor, he wouldn't have been so convincing in that role. It's great to watch an accomplished actor in a new role that is different from prior characters they've portrayed. It's also nice to see famous people strike out and be so convincing in a new part, such as Farrah Fawcett (sp) in "Burning Bed" - who would've guessed she was a good actress that can do real characters and not be hyper focused on her hair and good looks? Up till that point, she was just a "Charlies Angel" married to the "Million Dollar Man". So if a straight guy can play the gay role or the gay guy can be the ladies man - if they're convincing, it's all good to me.
• United States
7 Dec 07
I agree.I was just wondering if there were people out there who were upset.
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• Canada
7 Dec 07
I have no doubt it's upsetting to some people. I know some of my LGBT friends would be insulted if a straight person was cast in a gay role because they would feel that a gay actor is being displaced or edged out of a part they're most suited for. We tend to agree-to-disagree on this point.
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• Philippines
7 Dec 07
i agree with you homeflower. it is a job afterall for them. so if they are good at it then they will succeed, regardless if they are like that in real life or not. it is called acting so thats what they do.
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
7 Dec 07
Maybe you should also ask what if a homosexual actor plays a straight role, like Rock Hudson in those Doris Day films, and women think that is what men really act like and being disappointed. I would suppose if a homosexual actor plays a homosexual role, he would give a more honest portrayal and also when he is off the set, any girls around would know that he is not good marriage material. But if a straight actor plays the role, well there might be the girl he was meant to be with for the rest of his life, and she would start to wonder. Also you would not have to you read those fliers at the checkout counter that asks what actor is? You would know.
• United States
8 Dec 07
Not necessary.There are many straight actors have played gay roles and straight women still love them, And there are still gay actors that play straight roles.The only way to really tell who is straight and who is gay is to see whom they bring to award shows. I remember seeing heartthrob Harry Hamlin play a gay character back in 1981or1982 and I still had a crush on him.I was just wondering if gay actors are upset about straight actors getting gay roles. And better still, are my gay friends upset.
@xboxboy (5578)
7 Dec 07
i guess not. if the right actor is chosen for the part than that is great. surely the best actor gets the part, not his sexuality? is that not being racist giving it to a homosexual because he is homosexual? Did you know the charactor of 'red' in "the shawshank redemption" is a white irishman? hense the name red. (his hair) but having morgan freeman does not hinder the film one bit! just a drunken observation!
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• United States
7 Dec 07
Thanks.I was just wondering.
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@twils2 (1812)
• United States
7 Dec 07
I've never reall payed to much attention as to who is gay and who is straight in hollywood. I dont see what the problem is though, they are actors, they are getting payed to portray the lives of someone they arent. If they cant do that then we might as well stop watching TV and movies.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Dec 07
I don't think it should really matter. I mean, isn't that just a form of discrimination too, to say you have to be the right orientation to play a role? I've seen gay actors play straight roles, straight actors play gay roles, and that's not even mentioning the bisexuals like me. :P I don't really care as long as the actor does a good job. It would only bother me if an actor played a gay role and then went out of their way to point out they weren't gay every time they were on tv for the rest of their lives or something, just to distance themselves from it.
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
7 Dec 07
"It would only bother me if an actor played a gay role and then went out of their way to point out they weren't gay every time they were on tv for the rest of their lives or something, just to distance themselves from it." You mean like Hal Sparks who played Michael on Queer As Folk? Everytime I see him on something, particularly a game show, he has to mention that he is 100% heterosexual and nothing like the character he played on the cable show. I didn't like his whiney character and I really don't like him. PEACE
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Dec 07
Yes that's a great example! I didn't like him either. :P
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• United States
8 Dec 07
I wasn't sure of Hal Sparks because I never saw Queer as Folk. I only saw him on VHI specials. so when I saw he was on Queer As Folk I thought hmm.Is he gay? Oh well it doesn't matter.Then after the show I saw him mention his first crush was on an actress then I knew he was straight.If you have the talent and the guts to play gay when you are straight or straight when you are gay you shouldn't care what people think.
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• Philippines
7 Dec 07
I really hate it when my favorite male actor plays a gay role. But it is in playing that role too where we can say the that actor is a very talented actor. I think it's tough playing someone your not. Just my idea anyway.
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• United States
8 Dec 07
Casting against type is great to see.I like seeing my favorite actor play gay or anything else that would be a surprise.
• Philippines
10 Dec 07
Yeah, that way you can tell is that actor is brilliant or not. But I don't know what they feel about it.
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@pastorkayte (2255)
• United States
7 Dec 07
Actually I never paid attention one way or another until they had the Rock play a gay person in the movie Be Cool. On top of being stupid it made me mad for a second that they portrayed my favorite actor as gay.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Dec 07
It's not like they forced The Rock to take the role though. He agreed to do it, so what's the problem?
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• United States
8 Dec 07
Not really a problem it just momentarily made me upset. The question cant be one sided either it does make me upset or it doesnt and usually it doesnt but in this instance it did
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@noriko (1254)
9 Dec 07
not at all, that is where you can test how good actor he is if he can pass as a gay on a role in a movie. i like wesley snipes at to wong fu.
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• United States
10 Dec 07
I loved To Wong Foo.
@kurtbiewald (2627)
• United States
9 Dec 07
nope I'm always impressed when they can pull it off Robin WIlliams was believable in that role in Spiderman or something
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
9 Dec 07
I never knew Robin was in Spiderman!? The Birdcage, yes. And he was very believable in that. PEACE
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@anniepa (27279)
• United States
7 Dec 07
I'm also straight so maybe I shouldn't be giving my opinion but I wouldn't think it would tick them off because actors usually hate being "type-cast". Also, unfortunately there really aren't that many actors who are openly gay although it's a little bit more open than it was back in Rock Hudson's day. To me a gay playing a straight or a straight playing a gay isn't any different than say a liberal playing a conservative (i.e. Alan Alda or Rob Lowe) or any other role actors play that are totally out of character for them personally. That's why they call it acting, I guess. Annie
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• United States
8 Dec 07
I agree.I was just wondering if were any resentment over all the good opening gay roles going to straight actors. I hope there isn't but not being gay or an actor I didn't know.
@kathy_an (15)
• China
8 Mar 08
Not at all.I'm straight.Maybe I can't understand the true feelings of a gay. To me,actor show their"professional skills"in the film,not their own nature.Straight actors are likely to let other straight people feel the love between gays because they know the thoughts of an ordinary person better than the gay actor.They provide an opportunity to straight people understand gay.And that do make sense.
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@Ravenladyj (22936)
• United States
8 Dec 07
I think there are enough gay actors BUT how many of them are "out" in order to go for the role ya know...Many are still very much in the closet unfortunately....In all honesty a straight actor playing a gay role doesnt upset me in fact I think that more often than not they do a great job which is IMO almost a show of respect (for lack of a better term) to the gay community...
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@lorelai (1558)
• Italy
7 Dec 07
No it doesn't upset me. I mean if that doesn't trouble them... I know they are a lot of gay actor who would want the role but the same case is when gays play straight people. Like George in Grey's Anatomy. I mean wouldn't every young actor have wanted his role? And specially now when the show is so popular.
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