Neil Patrick Harris is opening up about his thoughts on whether or not straight actors should play gay on television and in film. Authenticity is leading us to joyous places. Neil Patrick Harris. On the subject of "Queer as Folk," the groundbreaking early s drama that featured mostly straight actors playing gay, Harris said he was a big fan. But not everyone obviously agrees.
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Having played a serial womanizer for almost a decade, Neil Patrick Harris has some thoughts on whether actors should play roles that differ from their own identity. The openly gay actor, who is starring in It's a Sin , a new British miniseries about the AIDS epidemic, addressed the controversial issue in a recent interview with Britain's The Times , saying he "would definitely want to hire the best actor" for a given role. To declare that you'd never do that, you might miss opportunities. The issue of whether straight actors should play LGBTQ characters has been a recurring point of contention in recent years. In , for instance, Darren Criss said he would no longer play gay characters , explaining, "I want to make sure I won't be another straight boy taking a gay man's role. Harris' comments were a response to recent remarks by It's a Sin creator Russell T Davies , who is also openly gay and created the original British version of the groundbreaking series Queer as Folk which starred straight actors including Charlie Hunnam and Aidan Gillen as gay characters.
25 LGBTQ TV characters who were played by LGBTQ actors
Hollywood is not a place known for embracing differences, and being open minded. Although we still have very little minorities and LGBTQ characters being portrayed in TV and movies, there is a growing community of talented actors trying to break through. You will find quite a few on this list belong to the American Horror Story franchise.
Many gay people are curious about which specific actors have taken on gay roles over the years. In terms of our collective LGBT history and advancement of civil rights equality , it is incumbent upon all of us to recognize the enormous role male celebrities have played in helping to tell our story in some way over the years. In this article, we will focus on 10 specific male actors who have taken on the role of a gay man. The list below is specifically confined to movies and does not include television sitcoms — which we fully acknowledge has had a powerful impact on shaping public opinion in a positive and meaningful way.