Bret Easton Ellis Calls Openly Gay Matt Bomer "Ludicrous" Pick For Fifty Shades of Grey

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Bret Easton Ellis may be no longer under consideration to write the Fifty Shades of Grey screenplay, but he's still making his opinions about it known.

Namely, he says it would be "ludicrous" to cast a gay actor - specifically Matt Bomer - as Christian Grey in the film because of his sexuality.

The openly gay Bomer (White Collar, Magic Mike) is considered by some people to be a perfect Christian based on his looks and acting ability.

It's to say Ellis, 48, who raised eyebrows last year by calling Glee a puddle of HIV, is not one of those people angling for Matt to be cast.

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Ellis insists he is not discriminating on grounds of sexual orientation, but unabashedly believes Bomer is a bad choice. He wrote on Twitter.

"Okay. Let's finalise this ... Matt Bomer is totally hot and a very good actor. He is NOT right for Christian Grey and it complicates the role."

"I don't care how good an actor you are but being married to another man complicates things for playing CG."

"This is NOT about discrimination. It's about an intensely straight actor wanting absolutely to screw Ana Steele."

"Fifty Shades of Grey: the most popular book on the planet having Matt Bomer - a gay actor - play Christian Grey is absolutely ludicrous. Why?"

"Okay I'll say it. Matt Bomer isn't right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He's great for other roles but this is too big a game."

"And I think if Matt Bomer wants the role which I doubt the international press tour will be an embarrassing fiasco. He's not CG. Never."

"I am NOT discriminating Matt Bomer because of his sexuality. Fifty Shades of Grey demands an actor that is genuinely into women. Get it?!?"

"I actually think it's cool that women want Matt Bomer as Christian Grey. It means that we've moved beyond stereotypes and that gay is hot."

"I think Matt Bomer is incredibly handsome and a good actor but I think he comes off totally gay in White Collar. And that is why no to CG."

NOTE: The role has not been cast, but Bomer (like the Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder) is frequently discussed as a possible casting choice.

It's unclear if enough readers even know who he is, or care that he's gay, to influence their perception of his character and on-screen chemistry.

As a professional actor he could probably sell it, but opinions will likely vary on how well. As for why Ellis is ranting about it ... who knows.

What do you think of Ellis' comments? And do you think Bomer would make a good CG? Sound off in the comments - and in the poll - below:

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I googled the books before I read them, then read with Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel in mind as the characters. It will be very difficult for me to watch the movie without those two playing Christian and Ana... Even though I know Matt is gay. Neither acting nor the movie itself are real. It's the fantasy I'm looking forward to.

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I think it would embarrass his family all I picture is Kit picking up the script and wanting an explanation at7

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He's perfect for the character, he's freacking HOT and a freaking great actor. When you are a good actor it doesn't matter if you're gay or straight you just gotta be professional, and Matt for sure is one of those. So stop judging his acting because of his sexuality!

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He is gay... it will ruin the fantacy completely... He doesn't like women... Can a racist man play a husband to woman of color??? no... so i am sorry but he is gay. Adding to that when he appeared in Magic Mike... I was completely un attracted to him, and this was not by his appearance... Something was up, and there I knew he was gay. I didn't even have to google it... SO no he isn't a good fit.

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So an actor who doesn't want children can never take on roles as a parent?
I guess this fool was also upset that ian McKellen was cast as gandalf because Ian doesn't cast magic spells in real life.

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@ Val

He is gay... it will ruin the fantacy completely... He doesn't like women... Can a racist man play a husband to woman of color??? no... so i am sorry but he is gay. Adding to that when he appeared in Magic Mike... I was completely un attracted to him, and this was not by his appearance... Something was up, and there I knew he was gay. I didn't even have to google it... SO no he isn't a good fit.

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@ mary

Mary, you can't even spell "fantasy," so I suppose it would be difficult for you to get past the gay thing. The movie's purpose isn't to turn you on -- sorry your husband or boyfriend can't satisfy you, you sicko.

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Bomer is goodlooking but doesn't have a good build. Too slim and not very masculine hands. He's metrosexual looking. Get someone like Henry Cavill.

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in 50 shades of grey,
Grey's family THOUGHT he was GAY!!!!
just occurred to me......
Which ....once again Ladies & Gents, makes Bommer PERFECT for the role!!!
GAY or NOT MATT BOMER IS THE ONE TO PLAY CHRISTIAN GREY!!!

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@ disgusted by Bret Easton Ellis

They thought he was gay bc he never brought women around, not bc how he acted. Also, he never seemed to act that way with Ana.

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okay since Bret Easton Ellis says that only if he were straight would he be able to play the role.
I'd like to reverse the situation and see what he says....
who were the actors in Broke Back?
were they gay in real-life?
no yet i think they did a pretty damn good job convincing the rest of us watching the movie!!!
thats what being an actor is all about....
its not about what you do in your personal life....i mean who cares what you do behind closed doors.. thats your problem!!!!

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Matt Bomer wont be casted just because he is gay in really life...... i mean are you for serious!!!!have you looked up the term ACTING in the dictionary? these people are called ACTORS for a reason. i mean if they weren't meant to be acting then it would become a reality show..... i mean its a fantasy novel for crying out loud!!!........

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It really should not matter if Matt Bomer is gay or not as to whether he gets this role. He is an actor and he gets paid to do just that. ACT.
I can think of plenty of gay actors that play onscreen straight, or straight actors that play a gay role; and quite convincingly might I add. It just shows that they can act well as different characters..which, indeed, is the whole point of acting.