May 26, 2014
Raoul Bova: Don't Come Out, Think of the Children!
"If I were gay, I would not say it. I would not come out. I hate being labeled."
Any label except heterosexual, that is.
He goes on to explain that he can never come out because of the horrible damage it would do to children. His kids are already getting taunted in school: "Your father is sick, your father is gay!"
To quote Helen Lovejoy: Don't come out, think of the children!
Who knew that Italian society was so homophobic? Or maybe it's just Raoul Bova.
The 43-year old Bova got his start as a competitive swimmer, and broke into acting with the sex comedy Mutande pazze (Crazy Underwear, 1992). He quickly put his amazing physique to use in movies about men who excite uncontrollable passion in women, sometimes comedies, sometimes tragedies (as in La Lupa, 1992, based on the story by Giovanni Verga).
But not wanting to be known as just a bicep and bulge, he also sought out fully-clothed roles as police officers, soldiers, and terrorists, which permit some buddy-bonding in spite of his fear of being labeled gay.
Look for Il Quarto Re (The Fourth King, 1997), a German movie about a young bee-keeper who is shanghaied by the Three Kings to help them deliver the gifts to the Christ Child. He keeps griping about his wife back home, but the other Kings (including a gay-vague Gaspar played by Billy Dee Williams) display n heterosexual interest.