Although Matt Bomer continues to stand as one of the fan favorites for the role of Christian Grey in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film, new reports this Sunday, October 21, reveal that the talented “White Collar” actor may not have been cast as a previous Superman because he is gay.
Even in the Christian Grey casting role, author Bret Easton Ellis of “American Psycho” previously claimed that the “Glee” guest star should not be cast in the part due to his sexuality. Yet Matt Bomer’s thousands of fans rallied behind him, and to this day he stands alongside Ian Somerhalder as one of the most popular potentials for Anastasia Steele’s dominant Red Room lover.
Yet as an out-and-proud actor, Matt Bomer is also one that has been subjected to possible casting declinations because of his sexual orientation. Yet luckily for both fans and the good-looking star himself, “Matty” continues to star in the popular “White Collar” TV series, as well as appear at a variety of celebrity events.
“Power Trip” author Jackie Collins, who highlights in her book many of the struggles that gay actors like Matt Bomer face daily in Hollywood in terms of their career, had this to say on the subject, according to original reports from “Digital Spy”:
“Matt Bomer … was actually up for the role of Superman. He hadn’t come out of the closet yet, but people in the know knew back then that he was gay.
[Matt’s] audition tape went in and he later called his agent. But someone didn’t like him and told the agents that he was gay. The later said, “’, then, we can’t cast you’ … The reason he didn’t get cast was because he was gay.”
Now, for those fans wondering whether this is the same film that actor Henry Cavill will star in as Superman in “Man of Steel,” it was not the same movie. Matt Bomer is said to have lost the casting role in a previous film that never made it to the silver screen, a J.J. Abrams project titled, “Superman: Flyboy.”
Yet courtesy of Facebook fan page Team Bomer for Christian Grey, this more recent quote was found being said by Matt Bomer, and points to a more peaceful end to the film that was simply more of a “falling out.”
“I went through all the screen tests, and it was pretty much understood that [director] Brett Ratner and I would be doing it. It all kind of fell apart. The whole experience was so fast and sudden—it was impossible for me to take in while it was happening. But just being attached to Superman actually gave a great boost to my career.”
Interestingly enough, Henry Cavill from the upcoming and expected blockbuster hit “Man of Steel” is also a top contender for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, so fans may eventually see the two stars vying for a similar role in the future. The portrayal of an authentic Christian Grey—as truly the core character of the book series—will no doubt be of central importance to the film’s reception from its many readers.
“50 Shades” author EL James has already found herself producers and a screenwriter for her bestselling erotic romance novel’s movie adaptation, and so now fans need only wait weeks (or months, though let’s hope it does not take that long) for a director to be found, and afterwards the casting of the illustrious Christian Grey and brunette beauty Anastasia Steele for actual filming.
The “50 Shades of Grey” film is expected to hit theaters worldwide sometime in 2014.
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