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Harry Potter Star: Gay Actors Should Not "Sacrifice Their Careers" By Coming Out

Hot on the heels of Wentworth Miller's announcement, Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs advises other gay actors to stay closeted so they don't "sacrifice their careers ... to make a political statement."

Telegraph reports:

“I have a lot of gay friends who don’t come out,” he tells Mandrake at the gala screening of the film Any Day Now. “If you are a romantic lead, there is a perception—I don’t know if it is true or not—that you will no longer be cast as straight people.

“Even when casting gay roles, there is a tendency to cast straight people, so they are lauded for their transformation. It’s ridiculous.

“The notion that a gay actor can’t seem like they are in love with a woman on screen is so patently absurd I can’t believe it still exists.”

The actor, who plays the private detective Jackson Brodie in the popular BBC series Case Histories, adds: “It is not for me to push my gay friends to come out. I certainly don’t think that anyone should sacrifice their careers, if that’s what they think it would be, to make a political statement. But my friends who have done that feel immensely relieved and walk taller in their shoes. I would never judge anyone.”

 

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Great - lets perpetuate prejudice, bias, self-hatred, shame, need I go on?

I honestly believe that we no longer live in an age where movie audiences expect actors (male or female) to be like the characters they portray.

Let's take Ben Affleck as Batman..!

Anyone under 40 doesn't care about sexual preference.  We understand that when the movie is over the actors go home and return to being themselves.

It's just an excuse for people to rationalize hate and it needs to stop.

Batman is not love/romantic movie.
Topic can a Openly Gay Guy play Patrick swayze character in Ghost? .... If yes, will the audience believe the chemistry between gay guy n the leading lady ?

You missed the point of the reference.

Ghost was a generation ago.

How come Michael Douglas and Matt Damon can "act" in the gayest movie ever but we are shocked when a hot actor we all wish was gay actually IS gay.

He's giving sound advice. As an actor, you have to be careful. The perceptions of the audiences watching a movie is key to the success of the film. Many people can't get over the fact that gay people can play opposite the opposite sex, and do it fluidly without giving away the fact that they are gay. However, the moment someone comes out (especially a gay man)... the leading romantic roles tend to dry up. It's ridiculous that it happens, but it does. 

I'm an openly gay man, who works in theatre... and when I play romantic roles, my friends have problems with it. So, I understand fully what Mr. Isaacs is saying here. Insulting him, being snarky, and saying something based on emotional bias, is just silliness (I'd use a stronger word, but what good would that do?). He's giving great advice to a group of people who need to protect their careers.

In the film business... IT'S ALL POLITICS. Anyone who thinks otherwise, isn't in the business... or doesn't understand how the business works.
 

First Spock is not a leading character in a romantic love movie.  But Mr Isaacs has probably seen fellow actors disappear from the big screen after they came out of the closet.  Actors and Actress have dreams to make it big on the Big Screen. So Mr. Isaacs is just giving advice.  No reason to get mad at him.  Yes we have Neil Patrick Harris, but he's more of a comedian then a Romantic on the screen.

These gay closet actors have a lot on the line. Same as the gay closet politicians.... Remember how hard it was to tell your friends n family you were gay.  Just imagine telling millions of people or your Boss your Gay.....

He sounds like an ignorant fool. He would have been better off just keeping his fucking mouth shut.

Does he think that coming out is all about making a political statement?  I don't think so.

Hollywood would be foolish to get rid of big name actors and actresses coming out of the closet.

Someone should tell Zachary Quintos that he can't be cast for Spock anymore then.

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