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Saturday, 10 May 2008

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Alan down in Florida

"because there are no good gay actors"

There are plenty of good gay actors out there however they are either not out and terrified of having their carefully constructed closets torn open (Mr. Cruise? Mr. Smith?) or they simply do not have the clout at the box office to open a film. And in it's misguided logic opening big is all that matters.

Like anything else - if we want quality films on GLBT subject matter we need to do it ourselves and make them universally appealing. Do you think that the whole gay marriage story line on Brothers & Sisters would exist outside of the context of a larger program with broader appeal or that Desperate Housewives would have gotten away with a gay couple in season one before it became popular. Obviously not.

Richard, you are a brilliant writer and have had a pain and joy-filled life. Try a screenplay sometime, although I warn you that finding someone to actually make the movie is a lot harder than writing the screenplay. BTDT.

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