Straight actors steal lesbian sex scenes as Hollywood embraces gay romance

There are 11 comments on the Feb 20, 2011, Guardian Unlimited story titled Straight actors steal lesbian sex scenes as Hollywood embraces gay romance. In it, Guardian Unlimited reports that:

With Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right vying for Oscars, it seems Hollywood is growing up ... but the best roles still go to straight women The two favourites for the 83rd Oscar for best actress are Natalie Portman and Annette Bening and, if either of them wins, the ceremony will also mark a momentous night for many more women: it will be the ...

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Guardian Unlimited.

“God made in the image of man”

Since: May 07

Sausalito, CA

#1 Feb 20, 2011
Straight can play gay, but 'gay can't play straight'?! Wrong! Gays have been playing straight very convincingly all the years that they've remained closeted as a result of discrimination.
BS Detector

Venice, CA

#2 Feb 20, 2011
Umninimuzi wrote:
Straight can play gay, but 'gay can't play straight'?! Wrong! Gays have been playing straight very convincingly all the years that they've remained closeted as a result of discrimination.
While I understand how much you need to feel victimized, I disagree with you. I don't think straights play gays all that convincingly. I cite Robin Willims in The Bird Cage as a prime example. Kevin Kline did okay, but still not completely convincing. Neither was Tom Sellick in that movie.

Of course, if it were just about a convincing performance, you wouldn't have all that much to whine about.

“Friends Forever”

Since: Sep 10

FriendsTown, USA

#3 Feb 20, 2011
BS Detector wrote:
<quoted text> While I understand how much you need to feel victimized, I disagree with you. I don't think straights play gays all that convincingly. I cite Robin Willims in The Bird Cage as a prime example. Kevin Kline did okay, but still not completely convincing. Neither was Tom Sellick in that movie.
Of course, if it were just about a convincing performance, you wouldn't have all that much to whine about.
I thought that Robin Williams was very convincing in the Bird Cage. Williams is a very offkey type of entertainer. He is a comedian but he can play just about any kind of role very well. I believe that Williams did a great job in the Bird Cage because I believe that he can relate to those kinds of character because he is either in the closet about his homosexuality or bisexuality.

I think that Tom Sellick might be a bisexual also. He looks like one of the members of the Village People. But that is not the reason why I think that Sellick is a bisexual, though!! It has to do with his persona.

I would not be the least bit surprised if George Clooney is either a closeted homosexual or a latent homosexual! Clooney is a sweet person, and he comes across as being nonegotistical, but there is something about him that seems off balance to me!

“God made in the image of man”

Since: May 07

Sausalito, CA

#4 Feb 20, 2011
BS Detector wrote:
<quoted text> While I understand how much you need to feel victimized, I disagree with you. I don't think straights play gays all that convincingly. I cite Robin Willims in The Bird Cage as a prime example. Kevin Kline did okay, but still not completely convincing. Neither was Tom Sellick in that movie.
Of course, if it were just about a convincing performance, you wouldn't have all that much to whine about.
Well, then there was Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, and Tom Hanks in Philadelphia, and Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain, and Dennis Quaid in Far from Heaven, and Matthew Broderick in Torch Song Trilogy, and ... need I go on?(Robin Williams is not necessarily the only, or prime, example.) Also, I made a simple observation not directed at anyone in particular. You, on the other hand, seems to take great delight in directing sarcasm at individuals on this forum. What gave you the idea that I had a need to be victimized? Does it give you some sense of personal satisfaction to come on to a gay forum and be sarcastic to gay people? Come to think of it, I so see you on here a LOT, always being snarky to someone or other. Are you sure YOU're not the one who has all kinds of unexplained psychological issues?!!
Frank Stanton

New York, NY

#5 Feb 20, 2011
BS Detector wrote:
<quoted text> While I understand how much you need to feel victimized, I disagree with you. I don't think straights play gays all that convincingly. I cite Robin Willims in The Bird Cage as a prime example. Kevin Kline did okay, but still not completely convincing. Neither was Tom Sellick in that movie.
Of course, if it were just about a convincing performance, you wouldn't have all that much to whine about.
Str8 actors often play gay people fine because not all gay men are fem or stereotypical.

Gay people are often indistinguishable from str8 people in all walks of life.
BS Detector

Venice, CA

#6 Feb 20, 2011
Umninimuzi wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, then there was Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, and Tom Hanks in Philadelphia, and Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain, and Dennis Quaid in Far from Heaven, and Matthew Broderick in Torch Song Trilogy, and ... need I go on?(Robin Williams is not necessarily the only, or prime, example.) Also, I made a simple observation not directed at anyone in particular. You, on the other hand, seems to take great delight in directing sarcasm at individuals on this forum. What gave you the idea that I had a need to be victimized? Does it give you some sense of personal satisfaction to come on to a gay forum and be sarcastic to gay people? Come to think of it, I so see you on here a LOT, always being snarky to someone or other. Are you sure YOU're not the one who has all kinds of unexplained psychological issues?!!
1. What gave me the idea was your rhetorical style. 2. I'm sarcastic to anybody who warrants it regardles of which forum I'm on. 3. Have you wondered why so many people don't like bitchy queens? Your bitchy/snarky implication was noted and dismissed (considering the source) and since I'm comfortable that I know more and better than you about most things requiring functioning brain cells and/or common sense and reasoning. Yes, that was sarcasm and it was directed toward you. Why? Because I'm responding to your post, moron, as I was doing with my last one! It also substantiates my #1 point noted.

Item last: While I did see Tom Hanks' excellent performance in Philadelphia, I did not see the others you cited. Also didn't buy Antonio Banderas being a gay man.
BS Detector

Venice, CA

#7 Feb 20, 2011
Frank Stanton wrote:
<quoted text>
Str8 actors often play gay people fine because not all gay men are fem or stereotypical.
Gay people are often indistinguishable from str8 people in all walks of life.
True, and many gay men play straight just fin, and of course gay men can play strights. It does often suspend the disbelief when they are openly gay.
Leftatalbuquerqu e

Toronto, Canada

#8 Feb 20, 2011
What I couldn't get past in The Kids was how NEITHER Annette nor Julianne took off their clothes for the bedroom porn-watching sex scene... like that really happens in anyone's reality... except for Yentl's...

“Your Gods' Rules not mine.”

Since: Apr 07

Indianapolis

#9 Feb 25, 2011
Leftatalbuquerque wrote:
What I couldn't get past in The Kids was how NEITHER Annette nor Julianne took off their clothes for the bedroom porn-watching sex scene... like that really happens in anyone's reality... except for Yentl's...
THANK YOU! We have to look at Mark Ruffalo's gruesomely white ass but don't get to see Annette or Julianne (Boogie Nights) Moore?

But far far worse IMHO, why no friends but that straight couple they went to dinner with? There is NO way these women have no Lesbian friends to process with, or crush on. Or at least a decent Gay husband to hand round the truth.

My wife and I cannot stand this movie, between the ridiculous gay male porn, the stupid straight affair and the clothes on sex, it was just sad.

“Pardon my nosiness ”

Since: May 07

London, England

#10 Feb 26, 2011
lndychick wrote:
<quoted text>
THANK YOU! We have to look at Mark Ruffalo's gruesomely white ass but don't get to see Annette or Julianne (Boogie Nights) Moore?
But far far worse IMHO, why no friends but that straight couple they went to dinner with? There is NO way these women have no Lesbian friends to process with, or crush on. Or at least a decent Gay husband to hand round the truth.
My wife and I cannot stand this movie, between the ridiculous gay male porn, the stupid straight affair and the clothes on sex, it was just sad.
We have to look at Mark Ruffalo's gruesomely white ass
Why! Was it fat and cottage-cheese-dimpled, like Oprah's?
SLIF

Toronto, Canada

#11 Feb 26, 2011
Cliff Gorman played it pretty convincingly gay in the movie,The Boys In The Band.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Annette Bening Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Managing Messages (Mar '11) Mar '11 free think radio ... 1
Annette Bening nude (Mar '11) Mar '11 Dee 1
News Annette Bening Didn't Get A Chance To Dedicate ... (Feb '11) Feb '11 Leftatalbuquerque 1
News Bening: Gay families are All Right (Feb '11) Feb '11 Tizzle 3
News Women's Cancer Research Fund honors Martin Short (Feb '11) Feb '11 Nick Faldo Jr 1
News Annette Bening, Edward Norton among stars to ap... (Sep '10) Oct '10 Griffin 6
News Our (Early) Oscar Watch: Annette, Angie & Incep... (Jul '10) Jul '10 Jeff 1
More from around the web