The 50 Shades of Grey movie casting has taken an ugly turn.
Bret Easton Ellis upset a lot of Fifty fans as well as LGBT men and women when he made some derogatory remarks about gay actor Matt Bomer.
Ellis has been obsessively tweeting about 50 Shades for weeks, supposedly because he wanted to be named the screenwriter for the movie. He now claims that he’s been taken off the list of potential screenwriters, and if this is true, it might have something to do with the way he went after Bomer on Twitter.
According to Advocate.com, here’s what Ellis tweeted about the White Collar star:
“I don’t care how good an actor you are but being married to another man complicates things for playing CG.”
He was referencing Bomer and his partner Simon Halls there. He also wrote this to clarify his feelings on the matter:
“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.”
FYI, Matt plays a straight man on White Collar, and he’s not the only gay actor in Hollywood who has switched teams for movie rolesÂ—just look at Neil Patrick Harris and Rock Hudson (maybe Matt should have stayed closeted like him).
Needless to say, Bret Easton Ellis’ tweet was met with quite a bit of hostility, and unfortunately it sounds like someone took their anger just a little too far. He later tweeted this:
“I was just spit on at the West Hollywood Pavillions supermarket while passing the Free HIV-testing van in the parking lot.”
Of course it’s impossible to know if that actually happened to Bret or if he’s trying to drum up some sympathy.
The author later tried to defend his tweets and prove that he’s not homophobic by writing this:
“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.”
That’s just Ellis’ opinionÂ—all of the women pushing for Matt to get the part obviously don’t agree that he’s incapable of acting like a straight man.
Ellis often uses his own sexual orientation to get attention, namely by changing up whether he identifies himself as bisexual, gay, or straight during interviews. He obviously enjoys people talking about him, and has found that Twitter is a good way to get everyone’s attention, whether it’s by suggesting that Scott Disick should star in an American Psycho remake or by sharing his top choices to play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the 50 Shades of Grey movie.
It’s possible that he really thought he could get the job of writing the 50 Shades screenplay, but perhaps all of this talk has just been to drum up publicity for the movie The Canyons, which he wrote the screenplay for. At least it’s nice to think that he wasn’t serious with his assertion that Bomer can’t play Christian because he’s gayÂ—straight actors have been playing gay characters for years, so why can’t gay actors play straight characters? It’s extremely offensive to claim that gay actors are less capable of doing their jobs simply because of their sexual orientation.
Maybe Ellis is just jealous of Matt’s good looks or something. Who knows? He’s a rather strange guy (as evidenced by the fact that he wrote American Psycho).
So what do you think of his comments about Matt?
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