Dynasty Star Comes Out As Gay, Trashes CW Reboot
Actor Gordon Thomson, well known for playing the diabolical Adam Carrington on the original 80s Dynasty television series, has come out as gay.
In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the 72-year-old actor talks about his coming out experience, but before he gets to that, he takes a harsh jab at the upcoming CW Dynasty reboot, calling it "total shit, an abomination.” He questions why they'd bother to call it Dynasty, if it has nothing to do with the original?
“If the afterlife exists—it doesn't, but if it did—Aaron [Spelling] would be having major fits in his grave. And the audience the CW is aiming for is going to think it’s shit because it is such shit that a cretinous 6-year-old would not be interested. It’s abominable.”
Speaking to the experience of playing a leading man of an evening soap opera, Thomson refers to the notion that actors of his kind weren't coming out, because they existed as a fantasy for a straight female audience. That was whom he and fellow leading men of the time were playing to, catering to, so why ruin that with coming out of the closet?
And what about openly gay leading men of the present?
“Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi are wonderful people, but pardon me, how many audience members fantasize about fucking either one of them? Really. It had a lot to do with what you looked like, I’m afraid."
Speaking to his sexuality, Thomson said it was something he never announced, assuming that most everyone knew that was in his circles.
... and now that I’m my age, that’s fine. I don’t go out of my way because it’s my generation, I think. I’m probably as homophobic as any gay man alive because of my background.”
In the interview, the actor also recalled what it was like to grow up in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, at a time when homosexuality was considered a mental illness as well as a crime. He admits that he'll never be able to rid himself of the residual shame of being gay as well as the low self-esteem that usually comes along with that shame, which he feels prevented him from having more successful relationships with his partners.
That however, didn't mean he didn't think he looked good.
“Once in a while I get sent photographs of myself, shirtless in a black leather jacket, to autograph from fans, and I think, ‘Yes, I would get a woody looking at myself.’ I exaggerate, but that is a surprise.”
Looking to his contemporaries, Thomson acknowledges handsome actors like Matt Bomer, who he says is free to be open about his sexuality, “because he has a rich, successful husband. He doesn’t need his work to live."
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