If Hollywood really wants to show how enlightened they are, let’s have a gay franchisable multi-sequel action hero to stand alongside Indiana Jones, James Bond, John McClane, and errr that XXX guy.
He doesn’t need to be flaming or flamboyant or anything. Just gay. He kicks butt the usual way, kills Commie-Nazis or terrorists or space aliens or bank robbers, except at the end of the day a beautiful young man flies into his arms. And he has to be played by a AAA +++ top of the line star. Cruise, or Crowe, or Farrell, or I dunno, some guy in that general ballpark.
Though it doesn’t fall under the category of multisequelised action film, Way of the Gun’s central characters were (arguably) homosexual, as well as being hard bastards, and played by A-list actors Benicio del Toro and Ryan Phillippe. It was good to see gays being represented in a way in which their sexuality was not central or even obvious - which seems to me a far more important act of acceptance than archly constructing an action movie star around his sexuality.
Farrel? As in Will Farrel? I hope not, I wouldn’t consider him a B actor let alone AAA +++
It would be nice but if they do, he can’t be flamboyant. A lesbo hero would just to much into the mainstream man’s fantasy, it would be anything but risky and enlightened. Even chick (strait) heroes are somewhat cliche because all the depth they ever have is looking good in leather, kicking ass, and shooting the hell out of stuff. While you may say that is standard fair for a hero, it is for a ‘normal’ hero. It is not for a gay male hero. You would just be wating for him to say something stupid like “Oh, you look FAAAAABULOUS!!!” or “Hi Girlfriend”.
I do not think it is in Hollywood’s ability to make a good gay action hero without slipping into sterotypes. Even then it would proabbly be ‘meh’ as far as action hero moves go. Brokeback mountain was absolutly nothing speical. It was not an epic love story worthy of an academy award. It was nothing. The only angle it had was gay cowboys. Had it been about a hetro relationship it would not have even been made into a movie, let alone got recognition of any kind.
Why would knowing an actors name have any kind of meaning in that reguard? Do you know the name of everyone who cooks your food? By your logic, you can never critisize or praise any food you eat unless you know who made it.