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This is amazing that he'd even tweet such a comment.



Writer Bret Easton Ellis Stirs Controversy With Comments About Potential 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Actor TV Guide
Novelist Bret Easton Ellis stepped into a controversy this week with a series of tweets focused on what Easton Ellis sees as a problem with actor Matt Borner potentially being cast in a film version of the bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

TV Guide reports that Easton Ellis, the author of “Less Than Zero,” says Borner shouldn’t be given the role of Christian Grey in the movie because Borner is gay.

Easton Ellis was apparently responding to Internet buzz among fans who think Borner would be perfect in the role. He tweeted multiple times, saying, "Matt Bomer is totally hot and a very good actor. He is NOT right for Christian Grey and it complicates the role. … I don't care how good an actor you are but being married to another man complicates things for playing CG."

Easton Ellis asserted that he was not discriminating against Bomer's sexuality, but he was insistent that the part of Grey had to be played by "an intensely straight actor wanting absolutely to screw Ana Steele ... the most popular book on the planet having Matt Bomer -- a gay actor -- play Christian Grey is absolutely ludicrous. Why?"

Bomer had no response to TVGuide.com’s request for comment. The publication points out that currently the openly gay Neil Patrick Harris is playing a very straight character on "How I Met Your Mother." Bomer is also playing a straight man on USA Network's "White Collar."

In another tweet, Easton Ellis wrote: "I actually think it's cool that women want Matt Bomer as Christian Grey. It means that we've moved beyond stereotypes and that gay is hot ... I think Matt Bomer is incredibly handsome and a good actor but I think he comes off totally gay in White Collar. And that is why no to CG ... Look, all actors are GAY: they put on make up and pretend to be someone else. That's just a fact. Rock and roll. Deal with it.”

Wrapping up his tweets on the topic, he wrote: "Final word: there is no way in hell that the makers of Fifty Shades of Grey will hire an openly gay actor to play Christian Grey. Period."
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Considering he sold the rights to the film, he doesn't have a say-so and so he should STFU.
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I saw a similar article the other day. That one went on to say that Ellis is really pissed that he wasn't hired to write the screenplay, and realized he wasn't being seriously considered.

ALL actors are gay? Then why would he ever want his precious book to become a film?

What an immature ass. The most popular book on the planet: isn't that the bible? People are idiots.
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Didn't he used to write books, like 20 years ago?
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There's something kind of creepy about a supposedly straight guy posting a couple dozen tweets about gay guys.
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Bret's not supposedly straight. He's pretty open about not wanting to be defined by any term, though he told Details that he would use the bi label, except it's been far too many years since he's been with a woman, he's not sure if it counts. Anyway, it's kinda typical Ellis obnoxiousness, but he likes to keep some mystique about his sexuality, he claims, to not influence readers but more and more he seems to basicallya dmit to being basically gay. (Funny, another "enfant terrible" writer, Chuck Pahlaniuk of Fight Club fame, used to do the same thing but now has finally come out as gay--in each person's case I wondered if part of it was because they had such initial "tough guy straight men" followings with their early work).

I'm confused about the comment about selling the film rights posted above. Umm he never had the film rights, and it's not his book, unkless I'm missing something.

he does seem obsessed with doing the movie--obsessed. He prob actually could make a screenplay that was better than the book (not too har), but I can see why they don't wanna hire him if Hollywood is aiming for a mainstream female audience (though how they'll manage that while managiung to keep the raunch the book's mainstream audience wants is beyond me). Wasn't he actually trying to get his new best friend, straight porn star James Deen (who's into rough sex like whatshisname in the book, but doesn't exactly have those looks) as the lead? (The film he wrote and Paul Shraeder is directing that's being made, The Canyons, stars Deen and Lindsay Lohan and some speculated it was partly to try to get interest in Deen in the role).
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Fifty Shades Of Gay.
"TheatreDiva90016 - another good reason to frequent these boards less."<<>> “I hesitate to give this line of discussion the validation it so desperately craves by perpetuating it, but the light from logic is getting further and further away with your every successive post.” <<>> -whatever2
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CASE. CLOSED.
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Mr. Ellis is entitled to his opinion, as am I.

I find him (Brett Easton Ellis) loathsome. Period.

Not for the first time, I am powerfully missing David Rakoff. He would have done way better than "loathsome". >Sigh<



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Updated On: 8/10/12 at 08:42 PM
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Okay, then he's just kind of creepy generally.
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why any self-respecting person would want to be in this movie is shocking. this book has its roots as twilight fan fiction, what many writers agree is the lowest form of fiction. it's original audience is literally twilight porn, tween girls who want to be bedded by a control freak vampire that is hundreds of years older than her.
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Oh my God--they read my diary???
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If Bret is so desperate for attention, maybe he should consider writing a book that isn't just the same theme rehashed for the 100th time.
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Ah, but then there's less opportunity for product placement.
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^^Exactly correct.
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Bret Easton Ellis is not only an asshole, he's a no-talent asshole.
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Thought you all might have strong comments....
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BEE is a bitter man (who has prefaced his state of mind as not 'Not a homophobe, a misanthrope') who has spent months (plural) tweeting his casting ideas about the 50 Shades of Grey adaptation. His twitter feed reads like suburban housewives in flyover country who have eaten the phenomena of the book up and spit it out whole that 'one of deh gayez' is being considered for the role. He is totally buying into the Hollywood is internalized homophobia run amok (there is some truth to that) but he is stating the same stuff that Newsweek writer did about seeing Sean Hayes in a straight role in Promises, Promises that caused a ruckus a few years ago.

His ideal Christian Grey is porn star James Deen who is currently in some non-porn film BEE is working on with Paul Schrader that will supposedly resurrect Lindsay Lohan's career. He likes to be the voyeur outsider like in his novels but he just loves to side with the status quo.



Updated On: 8/12/12 at 10:35 PM
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PJ, to be fair, I think I'd call him a once-talented asshole.
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Here's the thing, I think it IS hard for an out gay actor to be accepted in a straight role but not for the reasons Bret Easton Ellis suggests. If anything, HE is part of the problem, by rehashing a bunch of the same old nonsense.

And E'Ellis isn't gay? It's too late for me to fall in a wikihole, but I guess I just thought or assumed he was gay. Less Than Zero was scandalous reading when I was in seventh grade.

But you know what? Matt Bomer is effing fine. FOINE. He makes me wet. I even dug up that creepy clip when he was on Glee and they made me never want to hear "Somebody That I Used to Know" again!

F*CK Bret Easton Ellis, though.
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Not even with your penis, Phyl...
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Ellis is gay--I think now that's not an issue. I still think he's forcing his issue of the porn star. But this movie will become, like 9 1/2 weeks about the woman. It's sorta a sign of the time, that people care who the guy will be.
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After this story blew up he tweeted:
"I was just spit on at the West Hollywood Pavillions supermarket while passing the free HIV-testing van in the parking lot"
As if anyone would recognize Bret Easton Ellis in public to spit on him.
The book is always better than the movie. Unless the book was written by Bret Easton Ellis.
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They should go with a proven he-man, like Jeremy Renner or Tom Cruise.
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He's ALWAYS complaining about the film versions of his novels. Yet he keeps on selling the rights? I say, enjoy your money Mr. Ellis and shut your pie hole. Cry baby. FIFTY SHADES OF SELL-OUT.

Updated On: 8/11/12 at 11:32 AM

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