The Disney franchise (2006, 2007, 2008) was a parody of 1980s teen comedies, a boy-girl hetero-romance, and a paeon to "being who you are," as high schoolers Troy (Zac Efron, left), Chad (Corbin Bleu, below), and their teammates are torn between the machismo of sports and gender-transgressive singing and dancing in the Drama Club.
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In the stage version, he's gay.
So parents festoon their boy babies with bibs reading "Chick magnet." Kindergarten boys and girls exchange valentines, and everyone says "Oh, how cute!" But being gay is not about desire or romance, it's about sex, so if you aren't sexually active, you're not gay.
That's pretty disgusting.
Attuned to the many "Ryan is gay" rumors, the writers gave him a girlfriend in the last installment.
"As an actor, you play roles. I'm NOT Ryan Evans. I'm NOT Kelly Kuzio from Veronica Mars, I'm NOT Lex Luthor [from Smallville]... I'm Lucas. But when I go to WORK, I assume the character of whom I'm playing.. In the movie Milk, I PLAY gay. That doesn't mean that I am gay. Sean Penn, one of the greatest actors of our generation, is playing Harvey Milk, a gay character... but he is married to Robin Wright-Penn. Most people in this movie are straight men playing gay men.... Emile Hersch, James Franco, and Diego Luna are just a few...."
Wow, quite a list. Is there anybody in the world, who is really, actually gay, Lucas? Or are gay people mythical creatures, like unicorns?
Why did you even agree to play a gay character?