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Actor Max Adler who plays Kurt’s bully-turned-kisser on “Glee” talks about the twist in his storyline


With all that’s going on in the real world, Glee’s current bullying storyline could not be more timely.

We saw the bullied gay kid, Kurt Hummel, stand up for himself in Tuesday’s Never Been Kissed episode and then learn something not-so-surprising about his tormentor, football player Dave Karofsky: he’s gay himself.

Max Adler plays Dave and he talked to about what’s going on with his character: “Before this was written, I thought there’s got to be a reason why he’s so angry, why he’s such a bully, why he’s going out of his way to make other people’s lives a living hell,” Adler tells Zap2it. “So I toyed with it. When this developed, it was kind of cool.”

“I just got the script delivered and was reading it,” adds Adler. “I thought, ‘This is getting serious. He’s not backing off. He’s going to punch him.’ And then I turn the page and it says, ‘Karofsky kisses Kurt.’ I was like, ‘What?’ I jumped off the couch. I was just as shocked as anybody else.”

When it came to shooting the emotionally fraught scene, Adler credits Colfer with setting the tone.

“Chris is one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with,” he says. “He’s just so good in every take. He gives so much.”

Kurt and new friend Blaine’s (Darren Criss) attempts to get Karofsky to own his sexuality and come out of the closet fail though. In fact, he’s angrier than ever and the bullying continues until it comes to a head at school.

“My parents get involved,” Adler reveals about the Nov. 23 episode titled “Furt.”

And even though many improbable things happen on “Glee,” Adler doubts that “Kurtofsky” will ever come to pass. “You heard Kurt. He thinks I’m a chubby guy who sweats too much. So I don’t see him being sexually attracted to me, but obviously I am to him.”



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2 Remarks

  1. November 14th, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    steve talbert says:

    Actually, it is more realistic to have Kurt like Karofsky more than Blaine. Dave is more like Kurt’s dad… (not to say that gay people are into their dad’s, but straight people tend to choose mates that have similar traits as their parents).. Kurt, not being out long, would think he is expected to love someone like Blaine, but then find out as he grows more comfortable about just being himself, that he wouuld find Dave more attractive (assuming that Dave is out and comfortable too). And Dave thinks he is supposed to like Kurt just because Kurt is gay, and when people first come out, they don’t tend to see subtleties… all gay guys are NOT interested in looking at his ‘junk’…

  2. I like the different approaches Kurt and Blaine have toward this problem. Kurt is very much internalizing it, as I did in High School. I think that’s most teenager’s approach (i.e. “I just want to be left alone”) regardless of the issue. Blaine, OTOH, got angry and pissed off at being harrased. That’s usually a later stage even though he admits he “ran away” from the issue at his old school.

    I can see these two complementing each other in other ways. I don’t know if the writers intentionally laid out those first scenes to easily be romantically embed-able in the psyche. They sure are in mine.

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