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Houston Voice, No. 1000, December 24, 1999 - File 019. 1999-12-24. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/6369/show/6358.

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(1999-12-24). Houston Voice, No. 1000, December 24, 1999 - File 019. Montrose Voice. University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/6369/show/6358

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1000, December 24, 1999
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date December 24, 1999
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 18 OUT ON THE BAYOU DECEMBER 24,1999 ' HOUSTON VOICE TALEi«r„y3h > Continued from page 15 toothy smile. "Look, Ripley is gay. So what? It just adds another dimension to a bigger picture. I don't want to make it sound like I'm trying to downplay it because it's a bad thing or something. It's just that a lot of people are saying that Middle Amenca can stomach a mass murderer, just not a gay one." Paltrow doesn't buy into the notion that some film-goers are going to ignore "The Talented Mr. Ripley" because of its homo- erotic content. In fact, she's confident mainstream audiences are aesthetically starving for a film just like it. "I think a whole lot of people have been waiting for a great, beautiful, epic Hollywood movie which is totally subversive and 'un- Hollywood' at the same time," Paltrow said. "Sure, in a lot of ways it is a risky, bold project, but I think it's a film that everyone will be able to understand and enjoy." Based on author Patricia Highsmith's first in a series of suspenseful "Ripley" novels, "The Talented Mr. Ripley" tells the story of Herbert Greenleaf (James Rebhom), a wealthy American industrialist who has grown tired of the hedonistic, playboy ways of his son. Upon meeting Tom Ripley (Damon), a seemingly ambitious, friendly, young go- getter, the elder Greenleaf sends him to sundrenched, 1950s Italy to help convince his progeny, Dickie (Law), to return to the U.S. and take the helm of the family business. But the amiable, sensitive Ripley turns out to be a bit of sociopath, becoming dangerously obsessed with rich, young Dickie's lifestyle and falling in love with the handsome socialite. When Dickie grows tired of Ripley's fawning, Ripley murders him and assumes his identity. But the killing doesn't stop there. The body count mounts as Dickie's friends and the authorities slowly start to unravel Ripley's devious, evil web. "I don't see Ripley as evil at all," Damon said. "1 see him as somebody who is deeply, deeply lonely. Believe it or not, he has a great capacity for love and is tremendously sensitive. It's easy to see why he would fall for someone like Dickie. Dickie's charismatic and has this beautiful sunlight around him. But he just doesn't understand the effect that his charisma has on the people around him—and that's his fatal flaw. Dickie is very careless about it and that's how people are always getting stepped on by him. When Ripley kills him, it's a crime of passion." After Tom Cruise passed over the role of Ripley to appear in Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut," Minghella pursued Damon to discuss the part. "1 had seen Matt in 'Courage Under Fire' and was incredibly impressed with his range as an actor," Minghella said. "I didn't know if he would want the role, though, because it seemed like Hollywood was grooming him for their latest hunk or male sex symbol. I didn't know if the role of Ripley would fit into that 'master plan,' and I told him that." Damon says he was surprised at Minghella's concerns. Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law in 'The Talented Mr. Ripley/ a movie generating some fuss over Ripley's sexual orientation, something Law said is 'typical American silliness.' "He told me I would be perfect, but he wasn't sure if I would want to take the role because of Ripley's yearnings for other men," Damon said. "Since my other movie parts had been such hard-core heterosexual characters, he thought career-wise, I wouldn't want to play a gay character." But reading the script for "Mr. Ripley" convinced Damon to take the part. "I knew ! wanted to play Ripley, no matter who he wanted to go to bed with. I never questioned it or thought of it as a bold move. I just knew that I would have been a fool to pass it up. I mean, if I was given scripts as good as this one, all the time, I'd play gay characters from now on," Damon said. Law says he finds all the fuss over Ripley's sexuality silly—and typical American hype. "It's hard to believe that U.S. audiences would make such a big deal about Matt's character being gay," said Law, who portrayed Oscar Wilde's lover in "Wilde" and a bisexual hustler in "Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil." "It's almost like there's this feeling that big American movie stars should stray away from any role that has anything to do with homosexuality. That's so ludicrous. Americans seem to be more comfortable with characters that murder dozens of people than they are with two men hugging each other. That just doesn't make sense. ... But as a society, Americans need to get away from the idea that you're a brave and courageous actor just because you play a gay man. 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