Although many actors have been discussed for the casting role of Christian Grey in the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, few leading men in Hollywood have received as much fanfare as the talented Matt Bomer, and according to “Gather Entertainment” this Sunday, October 28, comments from Bomer’s “White Collar” costar has sparked new argument about the film.
When the casting craze truly began earlier this summer, author Bret Easton Ellis of “American Psycho” had an online Twitter battle with “Fifty Shades of Grey” film fans after claiming that Matt Bomer could not play a “real” Christian Grey because he was gay. Fortunately, Ellis was quickly shot down by gay rights activists as well as fans of Matt Bomer and “50 Shades” alike.
Simply put, Matt Bomer’s sexuality—or any actor or actress, for that matter’s—should not and does not have any precedence on their acting ability on the big or small screen.
And while many fans continue to be friendly contesting Ian Somerhalder vs. Matt Bomer for the casting of Christian Grey, the excellent “Fifty Shades of Grey” Examiner reports this week that Bomer’s on film fellow “White Collar” star, Willie Garson, has sparked another bout of more heated discussion about the actor’s role.
While Willie Garson doesn’t believe that an actor’s sexual orientation affects his or her acting ability as a straight or gay character on screen, some “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie and book fans alike may be surprised to hear about his comments on the Christian Grey casting discussion, as well as the notion that the fans have no influence on who will be chosen.
The online campaign for Matt Bomer as Christian Grey—and in turn, fellow Facebook fan pages and Twitter pages for a variety of actors, from Ian Somerhalder and Alexander Skarsgard to Alex Pettyfer— have been said to be “insane,” according to Garson.
“The Matt thing with the Christian Grey [role] has just gotten too ridiculous,” he said. “[It won’t matter.] It’s insane.”
Yet from past and spoken experience, EL James has made it quite clear that she will in fact take her fans’ voices and opinions into account. After all, Christian Grey (and Anastasia Steele, for that matter) need to both authentic and well-liked for a variety of audience members in the movie casting for the movie to be as big of a success as the original novels were.
And while it is confirmed that the inner goddess author of the “50 Shades” trilogy will end up with the final call on whomever is cast for the part, there is no doubt that casting speculations serve as a fun way for fans to bide their time and perhaps even influence EL James during her own consideration for the hotly anticipated roles.
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