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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It is really sad that as far as we have come that some idiot can take us back so far. How many of our leading actors over the years have been gay, either openly out or not that have played a heterosexual man and did a wonderful job. I don't think one's sexual preference should stop them from an acting role. That is why they are actors, they are portraying a role. I for one am hoping for Ian Somerhalder for the role of Christian Grey, but Matt Bomer would be good too.


Matt Bomer is TOO GOOD for this role. He is certainly more than capable of pulling it off, and anyone who claims he can't portray a straight man because he's gay is prejudiced and apparently ignorant of what it means to be an ACTOR. A special nod goes out to the ditz who said she couldn't enjoy the movie knowing the premise was fake. Uh, right. Because 50 Shades of Grey is a documentary. Idiots. It's hard to believe any respectable actor would want to denigrate himself by associating with such a laughable role, anyway. I mean, we're talking about a poorly written work of fiction that was INSPIRED BY the Twilight series. Think that one over for a minute.


No I don't want Matt for one reason only. He is not Jensen Ackles. Jensen fits the role for his looks, his edge, his sexiness, and his acting ability.


Love Matt Bomer &think he would rock the part! That being I read the books I realized I was "seeing" Ashton Kutcher. I know! I was surprised too. I watched a few of Ashton's movies this week & I totaly get it. He would be great too.


Can't believe that Bret Easton Ellis could not tell fact from fiction. Fact. Matt Bomer will pull it off with his acting skills. Fiction. That's the book. Fact. Bret is NO longer involved so he can shove it with his opinions. Perhaps it's time to retire somewhere and write another book of fiction.


Anyone saying he shouldn't play because he's gay, is an idiot. It's a MOVIE with ACTORS based on a FICTION novel! Maybe it's time to take a step back and live your real life instead of putting so much into a FANTASY.


Nothing against Matt, I am a HUGE fan of Ian Somerhalder and think he is PERFECT to play Christian. He is a sexy bad ass man who could melt an iceberg just by looking at it. He is the reason I read the books and think he could play Christian with ease.He loves women and I think it would look and seem more natural watching this kind of movie. The books are very sexual and I think Matt is a great actor, but feel the part would be more realistic played by a straight actor. I for one when I picture the red room of pain want to think of a man that truely wants a women and know how to satisfy her.


Well, for sure it wouldn't be the aging Bret getting the part .. Matt's hot and that could easily fit the role if you ask me.


Matt Bomer is the perfect Christian Grey - gay or not. His sexuality is unneccessarily being used as a reason for him not to be cast. He should be judged on his acting alone. The man is totally appealing, sexy, handsome, debonair and should be totally considered for this movie. The producers are not going to cast someone they think can't pull off this, but Matt should be judged for his acting alone - and for that he should be cast as CG. Not for his private life. Noone judged Charlize Theron, Heath Ledger, Jake G, for their performances as a gay person when they are straight - why should it be the other way around. Matt doesnt have the problem, it's those that can't see passed it. And as for Bret Easton Ellis.....pfft....scum!


I've watched Matt Bomer play heterosexual characters for years and never had any clue he was gay. The man is gorgeous, sexy, and has had wonderful chemistry with several actresses. That's why they call it acting and he obviously has a talent for it. I'd love to see Matt in this role. I think Ellis is the one being ludicrous here.

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