Nov 12, 2013
Erik Palladino: The Guy from "Latter Days" Goes Gay-Vague
Erik Palladino was a bold casting choice for the sensitive, wounded Keith. Growing up on the mean streets of Yonkers, arrested for assault at age 17, a heavy-metal rocker, the actor had previously played tough, no-nonsense, working-class heterosexual Italian types, such as Michael Nardini on Love and Marriage (1996), Vinnie in The Day the Girl Died (1998), and Dr. Dave Malucci on ER (1999-2001).
But his various cops, detectives, and horror-movie victims have provided us with some gay subtexts.
In the comedy-horror Dead & Breakfast (2004), he buddy-bonds with Jeremy Sisto at a sinster hotel.
L.A. Dicks (2005) is about a stand-off between two buddy pairs, cops and detectives.
I haven't seen Crash and Burn (2008), but the premise, about an ex-car thief working as an undercover cop who hooks up with his old gang, has some buddy-bonding potential.
Erik is a gay ally, of course.