Gays Have to Play It Straight in Hollywood
Posted on Feb 13, 2006
BBC: Sir Ian McKellen has said openly gay US actors are prevented from having successful Hollywood careers.
“It is very, very, very difficult for an American actor who wants a film career to be open about his sexuality,” the gay British actor said.
“And even more difficult for a woman if she’s lesbian. It’s very distressing to me that that should be the case.”
The Lord of the Rings star added: “The film industry is very old fashioned in California.”
He was speaking at the Berlin Film Festival, where he received a lifetime achievement award. | story
Truthdig says: This is exactly what Truthdig’s Larry Gross was getting at in “Year of the Queer: Hollywood and Homosexuality.”
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