Luke Evans, an actor who is seeing his Hollywood stock rising with turns in The Three Musketeers, Immortals, and The Hobbit, spoke candidly about being gay in his early career as a London theater star. But now, with Hollywood behind him, is the big-budget actor being forced to erase his open-book past?
In the early aughts Evans revealed in separate interviews that he was a gay man (in 2002) who owned a size-able gay porn collection (in 2004). But that was before Tinseltown took notice.
Now, following his transition to the big screen, Luke is suddenly dating women and not acknowledging his quotes from nearly a decade ago.
After Elton caught onto Hollywood's possible "conversion therapy" of the actor and sent an inquiry to Evans's publicist, who responded: "I do not comment on my client's personal lives in the media. As for Luke, he did so once, a long time ago when he was an inexperienced, young actor and now with maturity and hindsight, he has learned not to engage the press in his personal life again."
James Mason writes at Dot429:
A friend of mine, who also happens to be friends with Mr. Evans, told me that Luke wishes he could be out, but he has been forced back in the closet by the studio executives who essentially gave him an ultimatum: it's the closet or bust.
In the last few months there have not been any further comments from Evans or his team, nor has any of the mainstream media asked any questions during the publicity tours that Evans has been on for The Three Musketeers and Immortals.
All has been silent, except for a change to his Wikipedia page which now states that Evans "openly identified as gay" in his "early career" but he recently was "romantically linked with a woman." The fact that this duplicity has been able to go on without any real accountability or opposition baffles me.
Is the possible de-gaying of Luke Evans something mainstream media should be pursuing, or, is it none of our business? What do you think?
(Source: Dot429; Image source: JustJared)