At ‘Wedding Wars’ 10th anniversary screening, director Jim Fall dishes on John Stamos and gay kisses
Last night I attended an Outfest screening of the 2006 film Wedding Wars which starred John Stamos in what I believe has so far been his only gay role.
It’s hard to believe that it was 10 years ago that I covered the film’s premiere at the ArcLight in Hollywood and at that time same-sex marriage was legal only in the state of Massachusetts.
It was also still largely unheard of that two men would kiss on basic cable television – Wedding Wars aired on A&E – but Stanos found himself locking lips with dreamy actor Sean Maher three times.
‘I actually worked those two more kisses into the movie,’ director Jim Fall said during the post-screening Q&A.
Fall had Stamos and Maher casually kiss in a swimming pool party scene at the beginning of the movie then had Maher kiss a sleeping Stamos tenderly in the middle of the movie.
‘John Stamos was amazing by the way – there was never any question that he was going to kiss a man,’ Fall said.
For 2006, this was pushing the envelope on basic cable television.
‘There was (originally) just one kiss at the end and for my taste it went by a little too quickly,’ Fall said.
The director would have liked for the final kiss to last longer but they were filming a climactic wedding scene outdoors and a storm was coming in.
It threatened to drench the entire cast and crew so everything had to be shot in one take.
Fall appeared at this week’s screening with the film’s screenwriter Stephen Mazur and composer Mervyn Warren who did the score.
In Wedding Wars, Stamos starred as a fun-loving gay party planner asked to plan the wedding of his straight brother (Eric Dane) who happens to work for the governor of Maine.
The governor (James Brolin) is in a reelection fight and comes out publicly against same-sex marriage in a speech written by the brother.
Stamos’ character then goes on a very public strike and refuses to continue planning the wedding.
In the process, His character becomes a passionate activist and gains legions of public support. He also comes out – finally – to his parents who are in town for the wedding.
‘That script was just way ahead of the curve in 2006,’ Fall said. ‘It was such a smart, spoonful of sugar way to get the point across.’