Neil Patrick Harris: it’s ‘sexy’ for straight actors to play gay! An out gay actor famous for playing it straight approves of straight actors playing gay for pay.
Heterosexual actors portraying queer characters has become a controversial topic in Hollywood, with many in the LGBTQ+ community arguing that they should be telling their own stories.
However, Neil Patrick Harris revealed Thursday that he thinks directors should hire the “best actor” regardless of orientation — even claiming that it’s “sexy” when straight actors play gay.
“I think there’s something sexy about casting a straight actor to play a gay role — if they’re willing to invest a lot into it,” Harris, 47, told The Times.
The button-pushing subject came up while the “How I Met Your Mother” star was discussing his upcoming role as Henry Coltrane in Russell T. Davies’ five-part AIDS crisis drama “It’s a Sin,” which will air on Channel 4 in the UK.
Davies recently voiced support for sexual preference-appropriate casting in an interview with the Radio Times. “You wouldn’t cast someone able-bodied and put them in a wheelchair; you wouldn’t black someone,” the “Queer as Folk” screenwriter explained. “Authenticity is leading us to joyous places.”
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Neil Patrick Harris: it’s ‘sexy’ for straight actors! Neil Patrick Harris: it’s ‘sexy’ for straight actors