Luke Evans enters discussion on straight actors playing ‘gay for pay’ roles

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Of The Hobbit at Fast & Furious 6 at The beauty and the Beast, Luke Evans is without a doubt one of our hottest gay guys. But it’s a career the actor admits he wouldn’t have at all if he were only allowed to “perform gay”.

In a new interview with The telegraphEvans talks about his own coming-out journey and the perennial debate surrounding “gay-for-pay” roles.

Specifically, the star was asked about comments made by TV creator Russell T Davies (It’s a sin, queer as folk) made last year, saying that only gay artists should play gay roles. “I’m not sure,” Evans replies.

“Gay people have certainly missed out on gay roles, that’s for sure,” the actor explains. “Russell spoke very powerfully, passionately, about this point. I understand, and I totally think things need to change.

“But from my point of view: number one, I wouldn’t have had a career if gays played gay roles and straight guys played straight roles. I would have played two roles on the 36 projects I worked on, or whatever [the number] is.”

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Think about this: If the entertainment industry was so strict about only straight actors playing straight roles, then we never would have gotten Evans’ memorable turn in the new cult classic Mom! You know, the one where [SPOILER] Octavia Spencer’s Sue Ann threatens to cut off Evans’ character’s dick, then performs a dog blood transfusion. Let this sink.

But, seriously, Evans hits a bigger point here. The more you think about it, the dumber it gets to quibble about who gets to play what role, especially when it comes to something as fluid as sexuality.

As he sums it up: “The right person gets the job. Talent and ability, and a bit of luck and timing… That should be the reason you get a job. It shouldn’t have anything to do with anything else.

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In the same interview, the actor also reveals that he has lived an “openly gay life” since moving to London and starting acting in his late teens. It wasn’t until he started booking roles in widely released films that he suddenly felt compelled to return.

“It was almost like I was born again. People were like, ‘Oh, who is this person? Let’s get to know who he is, ”recalls the actor. “And all of a sudden I’m being told I have to get out, like it’s a big deal. And it just wasn’t. Not for me, at least. So it was weird, and having to put up with that was unpleasant – the public opinion saying I was back in the closet and all that. Absolutely ridiculous.”

He remembers a specific case where, during his first world premiere, he had brought a “good friend”, whom The daily mail quickly assumed to be his girlfriend – and even wrote that things were “getting really serious” between them. But then, at the same time, others were saying that this woman was his beard, and shaming him for “going back into the closet.”

Confident and proud, Evans is at least able to look back on those times with humor.

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By the way, did you know that Luke Evans is releasing an album today? It’s a collection of covers titled A song for youincluding “Say Something” (originally from Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World), which is a duet with—believe it or not—Nicole Kidman.

So yeah, it looks like he’s living every gay man’s fantasy these days. Good for him!


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