Joey Fatone’s character of Angelo comes out as gay in ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2′
I love this! Joey Fatone’s character of Angelo returns in the sequel to the 2002 smash comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding – and this time he’s gay.
The one-time member of NSYNC reveals ahead of My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s March 25 release that Angelo’s coming out is treated ‘with a shrug and a smile.’
‘Our gay and lesbian brethren and sisters are 10 per cent, if not more, of the population,’ Fatone tells WENN. ‘When my cousins came out, the love that came at them was so intense and unconditional that I thought, “This is my chance to put a little message in of acceptance..”‘
Fatone is grateful to the film’s star and screenwriter Nia Vardalos for the story twist which he says was ‘such a lovely thing to shoot that day.’
‘It was quite an honor for Nia to give me something like that, because not many people see the non-comedy side of me and to have to deliver something like that – telling your parents you are gay – it’s a tough thing. It was an exciting thing to do and it’s from life experience – one of my best friends, him coming out.’
Fatone was no doubt speaking of fellow NSYNC member Lance Bass to whom he remains close. Bass came out publicly in 2006.