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:

Matt Bomer as Christian Grey?


Ellis I adore you !! Love your books and believe you would have done a fine job writing fifty shade's script. I'll stick to your first choice for Christian Grey i.e. Alexander SKARSGARD as a no-brainer for the role.


I had never heard of or seen Matt Bomer before this article but that man is finnnnnnnne. No woman should have problem with his being gay because his looks take over!!


I'm sorry i agree with Bret Easton acting can only take you so far in a role and this is a VERY sexual lusty role between a man and a woman no method acting in the world is going to pull that off unless he likes women to and just has not voiced that but being MARRIED to a MAN HE"S GAY their are plenty of guys out there who are not gay that can do this role with SOME truth in iheir heart. REALLY? REALLY!


How are they gonna make a movie out of this filth? What will it be rated? I have read all 3 books and I wouldn't see the movie if it were free.....Talk about control and abuse.....


Matt bomer could very well be Christian Gay, not Grey. LoL


Thank God Matt Bomer will not be playing CG, the role is obviously not for him. Maybe he will end up doing something better in the future


Matt is hot no doubt but i cant see him as Christian Grey.... is it becos he's gay?? partially yes and also becos he would have to act with an extra effort to prove himself & that will make the character of Mr. Grey feel forced & ultimately loose his charm.... i think Ian is a better choice!!!!!!


First off this guy's an idiot, his opinion doesn't matter, he's off the throne for good. Second off, all the girls that are saying that Ian Somerhalder should be CG are nuts. Ok Im positive that Ive been Ians' fan for longer than any of you have, Hes gorgeous and oh so talented ! But Ian doesn't suit the description of the role what so ever, you guys are just imagining him because he's freaking hot, which I completely agree with, maybe even hottter than Matt Bomer at times, but the fact is Matt suits the role perfectly ! And for Bret, i hope he gets hit on by a gay guy, since he hates them so much :p


Matt Bomer is my Christian Grey. I picture him everytime I read the books and watch white collar. He is an actor. What he does in his personal life should not affect his craft as an actor. Whether he plays a straight, gay, or heck - an alien character! He is gorgeous and is my perfect Christian Grey!


some of the best actors playing gay people are straight

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