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‘Downton Abbey’ star Rob James-Collier talks about kissing men – just for professional purposes of course!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for season three of Downton Abbey to begin airing in the US next month.

Some of the cast of the show paid a visit to the ladies of ABC’s The View this week and co-host Joy Behar in her typically blunt manner asked actor Rob James-Collier: ‘What’s the difference between kissing a man and kissing a woman.’

Collier, who plays gay footman Thomas on the series, didn’t get into specifics about the actual act of locking lips with a man but instead shared how the scene impact his home life with the woman in his life.

‘I know, for me, if I’m kissing a man I’m not going to get any stick off the missus at home,’ said the actor. ‘If you’re kissing a man, she’s like, ‘Ah, he’s kissing a man, he’s not enjoying that.’ If I’m kissing a woman, she turns to me and says, ‘You never kiss me like that!”

Actor Hugh Bonneville, who plays Thomas’s boss, the Earl of Grantham, was also on The View and said:’The homosexuality of Thomas is something that I think is very deftly and very interestingly addressed in this show because it was a taboo subject. It was illegal in the 1920s.

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