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Brendan Fehr Clarifies Statements Regarding 'Discomfort' Playing Gay Role

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The Night Shift star Brendan Fehr, who plays a gay doctor on the NBC series opposite Luke MacFarlane, has clarified statements he previously made in an interview with toofab regarding overcoming his "discomfort" with playing a gay role on series television and the risks involved.  

In an interview with The Backlot, Fehr provides a more nuanced explanation. Here's an excerpt (you can read Fehr's interview in full, here): 

Everything I said in that interview I could have made it clearer and more eloquent. I’m not the most eloquent person in the world. I’m kind of a meat and potatoes type of guy. I hope people have enough common sense to figure out what kind of person I am and to give me the benefit of the doubt when it could go either way.

I do stand by everything [and] I was just being realistic about all the possible things. I was having conversations with people and I took the role and I love the role. I’m proud of what I’ve done with it. I just want to focus on the positive stuff too because it’s fun to kind of go tit for tat with people. I’m that kind of person where I like confrontation. This isn’t the place for it and I think this is one where I want people to like him, you know what I mean?

I had some critics and they said something about playing gay. I said I don’t play him gay, I play him human. Do I get to do some gay stuff? Yes, of course. But it’s like he’s a human being. I play the emotions. I play what he feels. I think that’s the most important part and that’s why I love him because he’s a really specific character. He stands out for me on this show. There are still risks because he is such a great character. Because I am representing something, which is a little bit foreign to me, which makes it exciting. But I don’t want to cater to just the LGBT community. I want people who don’t like homosexuals to begrudgingly go ‘you know, I guess the gay kid’s all right.’ You know what I mean? I want them to be sitting there in Nebraska on their couch going ‘I like the gay one.’

Do you have a better understanding of Fehr's perspective, Instincters?

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I have never seen the show I may just look for it. I liked him in Roswell and the few things I have seen him in.

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I am sorry that there were so few episodes of Night Shift, but I am glad that it is coming back next season.  I am anxious to see where they take Brendon and Luke from here.

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I love him the way he portray his character. I love night shift too!

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I agree with everyone here, didn't need to question his statements.  I like the way he plays his character; had me in tears when his other half was taken into surgery to amputate his leg.  Very real in my opinion.

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Sorry he was made to clarify the obvious. He said nothing offensive.  Love this guy!

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No clarification was necessary

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It certainly isn't his first time playing a gay character. He was in Sugar in 2004 - great indie film and he did a fab job in it. People have to remember that interviewers often take license with what they print after conducting an interview with a celebrity.

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He's a straight actor trying to make a gay character have depth. So what if he's uncomfortable. We would be too if we had to play convincing straight parts. If he does a good job and is believable, good for him! It's hard to play any character that you can't relate to. Good for him. No explanation needed.

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Didn't question it the first time...

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