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APRIL 4, 2003 17
There's a Fine Line Between Telling the Truth and Talking Trash
Brideshead revisited, again
Producers of new gay movie
try to line up two hot studs
for lead roles
MANY GAY TELEVISION AFICIONADOS —
or those with VCRs — will remember
the miniseries "Brideshead Revisited,"
a tale about a common youth in the
1920s who falls in love with his aristocratic Oxford roommate and his roommate's sister.
The 1981 drama, based on the novel of
the same title by Evelyn Waugh, was infamous for its homosexual content. It also
made a star out of JEREMY IRONS, who
portrayed the commoner.
Regardless, Hollywood has its hands
on the material and is planning to adapt
this modern classic for the big screen,
according to the London Daily Express.
"We've got the pick of all the best
young actors in the world for the two
main characters," producer Douglas Rae
told the paper. "The ideal casting would
be COLIN FARRELL and JTJDE LAW.
They are two of the most beautiful looking men in the world."
The article — we all know that the
British press is so sensationalistic it would
make JERRY SPRINGER blush — makes
it seem like the two have already signed up
for the movie and are in wardrobe fittings
right now, but Rae's statement is more of a
wish list than reality
Gay men everywhere wish Law and
Farrell would star in an adult movie, too.
But that doesn't mean it's actually going
to happen or that the actors themselves
will be interested in tackling the roles.
With or without Farrell and Law, Rae
is still optimistic about his new project.
But most producers usually are.
"I was one of those people who grew
up with the [television] version," he says.
"I think that more than 20 years later,
there's room for a new generation of people who never saw the movie."
That may be true, but few will head to
theaters if they cast PETER FALK and
JASON ALEXANDER in the film's lead
roles. Farrell and Law are a whole different story, but let's wait to see who signs
on the dotted line before getting behind
DIEHARD FANS„OF THE COMIC BOOK
"SUPERMAN" are a bit peeved
about a new script that was floated on the
entertainment gossip Web site
The script, written by J.J. Abrams,
attributes Superman's powers to the blue
and red battle suit rather than to his
alien origins. It also depicts Lex Luthor
as a member of the CIA and portrays
Jimmy Olsen, Clark Kent's nerdy sidekick, as a gay man.
Dorks — er, fans — have even created
an Internet petition to stop these changes,
especially Olsen's homosexuality, from
showing up in the movie.
Take Anthony Andrews (left) and replace him with
Jude Law. Then replace Jefemy Irons with Colin
Ferrell, and you'll have the new cast of 'Brideshead
Revisited.' Maybe. (Photo courtesy of PBS)
"Jimmy Olsen is not gay. Or, at least,
he's not out of the closet," the petition,
written by an anonymous creator, reads.
"Being a dork does not make one gay"
Thank goodness that's true, or all the
people who have nothing better to worry
about than whether Jimmy gets turned
on by a man in tights would be heading to
Blake's after signing this petition.
Initial speculation has linked JUSTIN
TIMBERLAKE to the Olsen role, and the
singer is slated to play a gay con man on
"Will & Grace" in the next few months.
This additional gay role might make the
sex symbol even more attractive to his
substantial gay male following.
been talks about
the creation of a
movie for years.
Daredevil and a
whole pack of X-
Men, but there
still isn't a man of
steel in sight.
But again, viewers should wait until the ink is dry on
this deal before drooling all the way to the
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