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Irish Comedian Says He Rejected A Russian TV Deal Over A Gay Character

Irish comedian and actor Brendan O’Carroll plays Mrs. Doubtfire/Madea-esque character Mrs Agnes Brown in the hit comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys.

The comedian has found great success with the role and intellectual property. Mrs Brown’s Boys first started off as a radio show in 1992 before becoming a series of books and then turning into both a sitcom and a stage show.

But when a Russian production company came calling about the possibility of a Russian version of the show, O’Carroll found an issue with one of their demands.

“They didn’t want any gay [content], in Russia in particular,” O’Carroll said during an interview with RTE.

“It would have been a nice little deal. It’s a big country and so the fee you’d charge for the licensing is audience-related, so it’s a big audience and it would have been a nice fee.

“But [they said] no gay, absolutely no gay. So I said no gay, no show. And that was it.”

But it seems is wasn’t just Russia who wasn’t ok with this gay character.

“Romania threatened [to cut the gay character out], but then went ahead with it,” he explained.

“What they’ve done is, the Rory character is the Rory character and he’s still gay, but they never mention that he’s gay. But it’s still Rory.”

That said, unfortunately the original Rory can’t be found on television as well.

Rory Cowan who’s openly gay and originally played Rory Brown, Mrs Brown’s third son, announced earlier this year that he would be leaving the show and the role.

“I feel that 26 years is enough so I decided it was time to go. I told Brendan on June 16 about my decision to leave.

“That’s when I handed in my notice.”

Russell Tovey Cast As Gay DC Superhero In CW's Upcoming Crossover Event

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Openly gay actor Russell Tovey will be playing gay superhero The Ray in the DC Arrow-universe this fall.

Tovey, of Quanitco, Looking, and Angels in America, will be playing the Ray in the four-part tv series crossover between all the DC tv shows such as Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl.

This multiple tv show crossover event will begin on Monday, Nov. 27 and conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 28. And, the description for the event is, “With all of the heroes in town to celebrate Barry and Iris’s wedding, villains from Earth-X crash the festivities with a deadly agenda.”

As for the role that he’ll play, the Ray is getting lots of attention this year. First, the character will be leading his own animation series on the CW’s streaming channel and will be the first gay superhero lead. Then, as planned he will transition to live-action with Tovey.

The character’s description in the show goes as follows:

“Raymond ‘Ray’ Terrill is described as “a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a ‘genetic light bomb.’ The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice — he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.”

Also, It's great to see the British actor stay so busy and it seems his schedule will only get busier from this point on. He'll be coming back to North America after spending the summer in London. Then after recording this event in Vancouver, he'll have to soon head to New York City to be a part of the Broadway revival of Angels in America

But before that, Russell Tovey will be filling your tv screens as a gay superhero. Though, he won't be the first gay character in the Arrow-universe. In fact, there are several characters such as Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) on Legends, Central City PD Captain David Singh (Patrick Sabongui) on The Flash, and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) on Supergirl.

That said, if you're excited to see Tovey as The Ray, you don't have to wait long as you can see him in the role this November.

Thor Ragnorak Will Show First Gay Character in Marvel Movies

via Entertainment Weekly

Thor Ragnorak is the next Marvel movie to come around the corner and it looks like it’ll include a gay hero.

Gay characters have existed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe through the tv shows. For instance, Jeri Hogarth in Jessica Jones and Iron Fist was a multi-layered lesbian character and lawyer who assisted the heroes in their legal battles.

That said, because Kevin Feige doesn’t want to deal with Ike Perlmutter (the head of Marvel comics and TV), any real connection between the tv shows and movies are lost.

So, this new character that’ll show up in Thor Ragnorak will be the first real gay character in the movies.

But who is the character? He’s a rock alien named Korg that kind of looks like The Thing from the Fantastic Four except maybe with a little more rock....

Credit: Marvel Comics

You see, Thor Ragnorak is intertwining its own story with that of “Planet Hulk.” Thor Ragnorak sees the Norse God as a captive on a planet and forced to fight others (like Hulk) in an intergalactic colosseum. “Planet Hulk” was a storyline in the mid-2000s in which Hulk was a captive on a planet and forced to fight others... Get the drift?

During the “Planet Hulk” storyline, Hulk befriended a group of alien warriors known as the Warbound. Within that group were the rock-like Korg and a one-armed alien named Hiroim. It was later revealed that the two were a couple.

It has also been revealed that Korg is in Thor Ragnorak and will be an ally to Thor. Korg will be performed by Taika Waititi, the director, himself through motion capture.

Thor Ragnorak / Credit: Marvel

The question is? Will the character’s sexuality be mentioned or even shown through his romance with fellow teammate Hiroim?

We’ll see October 25 when Thor Ragnorak releases.

h/t: NewNowNext