With Hung officially wearing a noose around its neck thanks to the latest round of HBO cancellations, its star Thomas Jane is purifying his reputation by backtracking on his "gay for pay" insinuations earlier this year.
First, the quotes culled from an L.A. Times interview that lead the entire world to believe Thomas brought real-world experience to his role as a gay hustler on Hung:
"As James Dean said, you're going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don't accept people's sexual flavors," Thomas told the Times.
"When I was a kid out here in L.A., I was homeless. I didn't have any money and I was living in my car," he said. "I wasn't averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?"
The experience, says Thomas, "blew the doors off my conventional upbringing."
"You're a lot more open to experimentation as a young man," he adds. "And for me, being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity. Until you've tasted the food, you don't know whether you'll like it or not, as my mom always said."
Not exactly ambiguous, right? Well, Thomas sure thinks his message was clear and is frustrated with the folks who thought he had experimented with going gay for pay.
In a post-cancellation interview with The Fix, Thomas issues a "clarification."
Were you a gay prostitute, the way all those stories said you were?
No, I never said that. But I do work with the prostitute kids now.
So you were misquoted?
Yeah, definitely. In the interviews that I did, I never said I was a prostitute. I was talking about my [early] time in Hollywood: I said that I’d had a sexually adventurous time and I was trying to relate that to how I play a prostitute on TV—trying to relate my experience to my character’s experience—and well, people heard what they wanted to hear. Things fly around.
You didn’t try to correct them? That’s a pretty big misconception to have out there.
I didn’t even know this was out there until people told me. I suppose “sexually adventurous youth” wasn’t as much of a headline grabber.
Sure, he didn't explicitly point us to his Rentboy.com profile, but he certainly knew what he was implying. Those who misunderstood his poor word choice are not the idiots in this situation. Ugh with this guy!
It's not the first time this year Thomas has been the center of controversy for thoughtless remarks; in September, the actor came under fire from the LGBT community for saying "I told HBO, the year I end up with a penis in my mouth is the last year of the show." Seems to us, Thomas, that you should be more concerned with what comes out of your mouth being tied to the end of your shows.
(Source: The Fix)