sword-and-sandal craze of the 1960s, but not the usual deadly serious "bodybuilder saves civilization" type. Satire, with a bit of humor, such as My Son, the Hero (1962), about a mild-mannered Greek god whose power comes from his mother.
Or Angelique (1965), where he plays the buddy of the guy who gets the girl.
Here, he fondles the arm of a friend.
In Vengeance of the Vikings (1965), Gemma plays a Viking prince who travels to America and finds, of all things, a Greek guy, who teaches him about wine while helping him fight off assassins.
Did you think you were buying a ticket to the Clint Eastwood classic For a Few Dollars More? (1965). No, sorry, you're seeing For a Few Extra Dollars (1966), with Gemma as Old West savior Gary Diamond.
Interested in a grudging love-hate gay-subtext bromance? Gemma starred in lots:
Alive or Preferably Dead (1969), about two brothers (Gemma, Nino Benvenuti) who can't stand each other. Benvenuti is the one on the left, with the bulge.
L'arciere di fuoco (1971), about a bickering Robin Hood (Gemma) and Allen a Dale (bodybuilder Mark Damon)
Amigo, Stay Away (1972), about two sworn enemies in the Old West (Gemma, George Eastman) who keep having to work together.
He returned to peplums to win an Italian Oscar for Desert of the Tartars (1975).
With all of this buddy-bonding, arm-fondling, and nude boxers, one obviously wonders if Gemma was gay or bi in real life? No idea, but in an interview, he traced the archetype of the gay cowboy back to his buddy-bonding roles of the 1960s.
Apr 12, 2014
I hate interviews like that.
1. They assume that every other role is easy to play. You want a secret agent? A Martian? A talking frog? Not a problem. But gay people are so bizarre that it's almost impossible for an actor to get into their characters, and so disgusting that it's a pain for him to even try.
2. They assume that teenagers must necessarily be heterosexual. Same old story: no gay juveniles can possibly exist.
I don't know if Florizoone -- now a member of the boy band 5th Avenue -- is gay in real life or not, but he certainly doesn't think that gay roles are "weird" or particularly difficult.
After North Sea Texas, he starred in the short Headlong (2012), about a teenage ballet dancer stuck in a hotel room in a distant city, lost and alone until he falls "headlong" for a boy.
on youtube. I've gone through a few episodes; even without speaking Dutch, it's not hard to follow the plot. And I don't see Rick getting involved in any hetero-romances.
Apr 10, 2014
His first fame came in the Disney fantasy Air Bud (1997), about a oddball outsider boy whose dog plays basketball. There were sequels in 1998, 2001, and 2002, with the dog playing football, soccer, and baseball, respectively. Not a lot of heterosexual machinations, even in the 2002 version with Josh (Kevin) away in college and his little sister taking over.
Nico the Unicorn (1998) is not a heroic fantasy, as the title suggests, but about a oddball outsider boy, crippled when his leg was shattered by a drunk driver, whose horse gives birth to a unicorn.
Treasure Island (1999) is, of course, famous for having no women; it's a testosterone-laced buddy-bonding pirate adventure.
Not until Komodo (1999) does one of Kevin's characters get a girlfriend.
As Kevin bulked up, his shirtless and underwear scenes became more common. His phyique was plastered all over teen magazines. Fan websites gushed "Do you know how strong Kevin is??? He can lift 200 pounds right over his head!!!" and offered separate series of photos of his biceps, shoulders, chest, abs, and legs. Maybe this obsessive display of his muscles was a counterbalance to the lack of displayed heterosexual interest in his movies and tv guest spots.
Fear of the Dark (2003) is about an older brother and younger brother.
In adulthood, Kevin went on to play many gay-vague and "gay turned to straight" roles.
See: Kevin Zegers, Former Teen Idol
Apr 9, 2014
14-year old Nils Holgersson had a thing for geese.
The star of The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1906) and The Further Adventures of Nils (1907) by gay Swedish novelist Selma Lagerlof, Nils is a bad boy who torments animals, until he shrinks down to their size. He and a domestic goose named Morton join a pack of wild geese and fly off to Lapland.
Finally Nils matures enough to return to human form. He is now a man, but he no longer understands the language of the geese, and he must abandon his friends (picture by Taya Strizhakova).
There's a lot of gay symbolism in the "queer" boy trying to fit in.
The books were envisioned as school texts: Nils visits every province of Sweden, and hears about their geography and economic output. But kids -- and adults -- loved them. They are still best-sellers in Sweden.
Otherwise Nils is wonderfully free of the girl-craziness that besets most other adolescents in children's literature.
Apr 6, 2014
1. Tom in The Glass Menagerie (1944), the brother of fragile Southern belle Laura. He isn't actually dead, but he's sensitive, artistic, and poetic (1950s code for "gay").
2. Allan (off-camera) in A Streetcar Named Desire (1945). Why is faded Southern belle Blanche so crazy? Long ago she married Allan without realizing that he was gay. When she found out, she confronted him, and he ran outside and killed himself. In the movie version, she just calls him a "poet," and doesn't explain why he got so upset.
4. Kilroy in Camino Real (1953). A gay American G.I. arrives in the backwater town of Camino Real, gets sick, and meets various historical and literary characters, most of whom try to seduce him, before he dies (but not to worry, his spirit goes off with Don Quixote as his new squire).
6.Sebastian (off camera) in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959): the emotionally-fragile Catherine acted as a procurer for his affairs. But then the young men he had sex with turned on him, and ate him. (In the 1959 movie, no face is shown.)
8. Mark in In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel (1969). A gay, depressed artist, he rolls around naked on his canvas and has a nervous breakdown, while his emotionally-fragile wife hangs out at a Tokyo hotel, trying to pick him men. Finally he dies.
Why fill his stages with dead and dying gay guys? Though gay himself, Williams was a product of his era, and thought of same-sex desire as dark, disturbing, and dangerous. Something to be repressed or hidden away. Something that would lead inevitably to death.