Nov 16, 2013
He's Shannon Kook-Chun, a Canadian actor of Chinese and South African ancestry. Millions of teens know him as Zane Park, one of the gay students on Degrassi: The Next Generation (2010-2011) a footballer in a relationship with Riley Stavros (Argirris Karras).
Before Degrassi, he had recurring roles on the Canadian tv series Baxter and Durham County.
He's playing a heterosexual character in Home Again (2013), and most likely in Dirty Singles (2013), but he had a good run.
Nov 14, 2013
He takes a train to the outback town of Bundayabba, where he will catch a plane to Sydney. It's very hot. Everyone is sweating, and lying languidly about. He goes to a bar full of sweaty, hugging, muscular working-class blokes who keep staring at him and grinning, and offering to buy him drinks and take him gambling.
With nowhere to go, he accepts an invitation from one of the leering, grinning men, Tim (Al Thomas), and goes back to his house for dinner, where Tim's adult daughter tries unsuccessfully to seduce him.
Later Dick and Joe, along with Doc (Donald Pleasence, Dr. Loomis in the Halloween series), take John carousing: they brutally kill kangaroos, get into a fist fight, and vandalize a pub. At the end of the evening, Doc and John have sex.
Is John horrified because he has been manipulated and seduced by the gay outbackers, or because of the recognition that he was gay all along? The association between same-sex desire and savagery is rather homophobic, but to be expected in 1971.
Gary Bond was gay in real life, the lover of future Sherlock Holmes Jeremy Brett.
Nov 13, 2013
The commercials weren't trying to break down gender stereotypes -- they were based on the assumption of a gender binary, with men rough, hairy, and by definition unattractive. Still, it was shocking to see a "macho" football player comfortable enough to engage in an intensely feminine-coded activity on tv. A lot of people began assuming that Joe was gay, and making homophobic spoofs and jokes.
The laid-back Namath dealt with the gay rumors gracefully, not with the hysterical denials of other celebrities of the 1970s and 1980s, like Tom Selleck and Tom Cruise. He seemed bemused by the fact that he was assumed gay in spite of his many girlfriends. In a 1979 interview in Esquire, he said, "Not only am I not gay, I'm not even bisexual."
In 2013, he told Huffington Post that he had a lot of gay friends, and "if you've got a hangup about it, I hope you can get over it."
Nov 12, 2013
In Parc (2008), a chance meeting between two married heterosexual men in the park (Sergi, Jean-Marc Barr) turns into a cat-and-mouse game of manipulation and desire.
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.