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.
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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