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Jared Leto: ‘I definitely don’t think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man’

Oscar winner Jared Leto gave an interview to GQ Style and talked about the idea of a gay leading man (gasp!) in movies. He says: ‘I definitely don’t think a gay leading man would have the same opportunities as a straight leading man. I don’t think that. Not for a single second. I don’t know if that’s offensive or not, but that’s my thought right now. It shouldn’t be that way. I don’t think you’ll have as many opportunities. And I think you could say the same for minorities. What a word, “minority.” Have we taken that word off the list yet? ‘Cause it should be. Anyway, no, I think that this is still a very conservative business.” Sad, but true. So Hollywood, prove him wrong by giving Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Jussie Smollett, Colton Haynes, Jonathan Groff, Russell Tovey, Cheyenne Jackson and other out and gifted actors some leading roles in feature films!

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  1. August 4th, 2016 at 1:50 pm
    K. Martinez says:

    He’s absolutely right. Hollywood is a very conservative business. And for those who say only gay men should play gay male characters, that would be a mistake because in counterpoint then only straight men should be allowed to play straight male characters. You go with that mentality then you really cut off opportunities for gay men. This goes for the LBT in LGBT too.

    I don’t go ape over Matt Bomer like others do, but I believe he should’ve been given leading man opportunities already. It’s a shame really!

  2. Well, the circumstances are evolving. Ten years ago isn’t the same than now and certainly (or better said, hopefully) than ten years in the future. I think that the word “same” is still currently correct though, but it would be debatable what would it take to claim otherwise. For instance, would a big budget movie cast an openly gay guy to portray a main character as a superhero -not one character lost among many other heroic ones-, giving that still for many being gay is the opposite of social ideals, and given that those movies also cater for foreign non-western, more conservative, audiences? Some people can’t let go of their prejudices even when actors always play someone they are not, a character. Money not only is coward, is by such cowardice conservative and, when it comes to foreign markets and it revenues, it can get even more squeamish. Nevertheless it’s not anathema and harder things proved to be left behind, the problem is, of course, one of time that clocks for everybody (perfectly deserving gay actors very suited for certain specific roles may not have, right now, the same consideration, it comes to mind how Matt Bomer was so desired for 50 shades of grey but it didn’t happen).

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