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Homophobia Caused Thomas Dekker to Leave Heroes
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - reddit
There were rumors and stories going around that the producers of NBC hit Heroes had intended for the character of Zack to be gay, and that actor Thomas Dekker's management had been fighting the idea, fearing that his client playing a gay character would 'damage' his career.
Now it seems that Dekker has been pulled from the show completely, and this interview with writer Bryan Fuller gives some insight into the issue.
It absolutely was a path that we were going to take. In the first meetings when we were sitting down and talking about the show, one of the things about the show that Tim said that he wanted all these characters to represent different people in the world and we had an Asian guy and an Indian guy and… a whole bunch of white people. He just wanted it to be a united Benetton cast. I said that's fantastic, but if we have this many people, then we need to have a gay character. If you want to represent the world, that's certainly a demographic that we need to hit. [Tim completely agreed and] was thinking Claire's best friend might be a good person - and I couldn't agree more. So we were definitely going down a route of making [Zach] the gay character and having him have a big role in her life and sort of teaching her to come out about her ability and embrace herself and actually using the coming out metaphor and the gay metaphor in that instance as a fun piece of storytelling.
There was an unfortunate miscommunication and when the script arrived that had the line in it, 'I would take you to homecoming but you have to know that I don't like girls that way.' The actor [Thomas Dekker]'s, manager threatened to pull him from the show because he was up for the John Carter role in The Sarah Connor Chronicles and she didn't want him playing a gay character because it might affect FOX's interest in hiring him. It got really ugly.
This is just despicable, and I don't know who to place the blame on more, Drekker for not firing his bigoted manager, or the bigoted manager for showing the world that he himself and his client as a pacifist are both raging homophobes.
I can't imagine any studio in town that would discriminate against an actor because of the sexual preference of one of his past characters, it's just a shocking and ridiculous notion. And as if this all weren't bad enough, it turns out that writer Bryan Fuller is actually gay himself. Could that possibly be any more screwed up?
We had episodes planned for him to be in, and she pulled him from the show altogether. So that's why he sort of disappeared.
Note that his bigoted manager pulled him over a single line in one script, one that was removed in order to keep peace on the show.
I'm tempted to skip watching Drekker's new show just because of this. I have no interest in giving higher ratings to a show that employees bigots.
With that, I give you this mornings quickies.
Other posts from this blog: Television, NBCU, Heroes, NCIS, Hellboy 2, Batman, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3
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- Two X-Files and Battlestar Galactica alumni are teaming up for "The Gathering", a new Lifetime mini-series that has something to do with modern-day witches and a doctor's search for his missing wife.
- Actor Luke Goss talks up Hellboy 2.
- Variety has info on a new Steven Spielberg reality show called "On the Lot". Contestants go to a bootcamp of sorts, then make short films, and Hollywood bigwigs decide who wins. Typical bs, always focusing on the director, not the real creative talents behind the film. Judges will be: Carrie Fisher (an actor? .. why?); Brett "I can't keep a film on budget..ever" Ratner, and two people I've never heard of. Oh yeah, it'll be on Fox. *click*
- As has been reported yesterday, a "fire broke out in a vacant post office Tuesday where a movie crew had been filming scenes for an upcoming 'Batman' sequel." It had nothing to do with the filming and nobody was hurt. Whoopy.
- Sony is reporting after a short investigation that Spider-Man 3 is *not* being sold on the streets of China. According to wire reports, these were in fact repackaged copies of Spider-Man 2. Neither of these events has been confirmed, so anything is still possible.
- Bad news: many of the biggest TV shows are seeing a drop in ratings. Good news: it's industry wide.
- Universal Pictures has bought the film rights to a book about the astronauts that were stranded aboard the International Space State for three months in 2003. This should be an excellent film.
- Spider-Man 3 star Topher Grace (Venom) is whining about becoming filthy rich and extremely famous. Oh, how terrible it must be to walk in his shoes.
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