Did Fifty Shades Of Grey Screenwriter Call Matt Bomer Too Gay To Play Christian Grey?

Did Fifty Shades Of Grey Screenwriter Call Matt Bomer Too Gay To Play Christian Grey? 0807

Casting speculation is still in full swing for the much anticipated movie adaptation of the erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, which launched a thousand housewives to buy handcuffs and, Oprah be praised, read. But would-be screenwriter, Bret Easton Ellis, is coming under fire for making a homophobic remark about the latest actor throwing his grey tie into the pleasure room to play billionaire playboy Christian Grey.

Ellis has been beyond annoying on twitter, tweeting about who he thinks should play the lead roles of Christian and his shy, unassuming sexpot Anastasia Steele. He’s already noted he thinks Ryan Gosling and Scarlett Johansson would be his dream team but has also mentioned Alexander Skarsgard and Ian Somerhalder as worthy potentials. He’s not such a huge fan of Matt Bomer on the other hand. Over the weekend he tweeted, “Fifty Shades of Grey: Casting Matt Bomer is the equivalent as casting Jesse Tyler Ferguson….”

Now why is that Ellis? Matt Bomer is gay. He’s not shy about it. He’s also supremely talented and uber hot in Hollywood right now coming off a major success with Magic Mike. Women obviously had no problem salivating to him as he gyrated on stage in nothing by a g-string baaabay. (Did you get the Snoop Dogg reference because I sang it in my head when I wrote it!).

That’s what I got out of the tweet. Jesse Tyler Ferguson is gay. He plays a gay man on television – not flamboyantly gay, but obviously gay. So is Ellis is saying casting Bomer would be like casting a really gay dude as a heterosexual S&M nutcase and women won’t buy it? I’m telling you right now he’s wrong. Bomer is GORGEOUS and has the perfect bone structure to play Christian. True, his hair isn’t blond but I could overlook that and I’m sure a lot of you out there could too. You could dye his hair orange and I’d still watch him. Again, this isn’t Shakespeare we’re talking about. The actors who play Christian and Ana just have to be hot and have chemistry – case closed. I was rooting for Skarsgard (hoping for Michael Fassbender) but could easily settle for Bomer.

I can’t help but wonder about Rupert Everett right now. Too out of left field? Maybe, but I’ve had a lot of coffee this morning. Rupert was incredibly vocal and b-tchy about the fact coming out ruined his leading man career and actually warns young actors not to reveal they are gay until after they are finished with Hollywood. He got a lot of sh-t for it. But can you blame him now? Bomer should be considered without Ellis likening him to one of the gay guys on Modern Family. It’s offensive to both. And what’s worse is that Ellis’ tweet could have taken Bomer out of the running because it’s joined Ferguson and Bomer in the people’s consciousness. Is that necessarily a bad thing? No. Ferguson is obscenely talented and great on his show. But it’s not necessarily a good thing either. If I were Bomer, I’d want to kick the crap out of Ellis. I don’t really care what he meant to imply by the tweet. I’m sure he didn’t intentionally mean to be homophobic, right? What’s important is that it wasn’t a straight forward thought (no pun intended) and could easily be misconstrued. As far as I know Ellis still hasn’t been tapped to be the screenwriter of the movie yet so why he keeps desperately throwing his two cents in is beyond me. Oh wait, no it’s not. He’s desperate.

Do you think Ellis’ comment about Matt Bomer as Christian Grey was out of bounds and possible hurt the actor’s chances or was he just saying what everyone was thinking?

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  • Heatgordon

    I think Victor Alfieri would make a perfect Christian Grey

  • Heatgordon

    I think Victor Alfieri would make a perfect Christian Grey

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  • EarlGrayHot

    Why would anyone want to make a movie based on such a horribly written, plotless book which is simply appallingly bad porn? 

  • EarlGrayHot

    Why would anyone want to make a movie based on such a horribly written, plotless book which is simply appallingly bad porn? 

  • Sebers

    Ellis is a homophobic nitwit who wouldn’t know a man from a frog.  While I do not want to see Bomer in this movie he is still one of the best for the part & he does not lack in the masculinity department at all.  Ellis is an idiot!

  • Sebers

    Ellis is a homophobic nitwit who wouldn’t know a man from a frog.  While I do not want to see Bomer in this movie he is still one of the best for the part & he does not lack in the masculinity department at all.  Ellis is an idiot!

  • birkinlove

    Matt Bomer is the perfect Christian Grey. His so HOT and his acting is very versatile…from playful Christian to Dom. Christain. Love him in White Collar. I’m NOT a fan of Ian S. or Alex Skarsgard. Alex is not perfect looking…he has a big forhead and Ian just tries to hard and isn’t a great actor.

  • birkinlove

    Matt Bomer is the perfect Christian Grey. His so HOT and his acting is very versatile…from playful Christian to Dom. Christain. Love him in White Collar. I’m NOT a fan of Ian S. or Alex Skarsgard. Alex is not perfect looking…he has a big forhead and Ian just tries to hard and isn’t a great actor.

  • VS

     This Ellis the idiot   homophobic !
    Matt Bomer the talented actor and one of the most handsome men in the world !
    Millions women around the world will agree with me! We with pleasure watch  ” White Collar”, and many went  on “Magik Mike” only because of Matt Bomer !!!
    I am sure, Bomer would be magnificent as Christian Grey   !!!

  • VS

     This Ellis the idiot   homophobic !
    Matt Bomer the talented actor and one of the most handsome men in the world !
    Millions women around the world will agree with me! We with pleasure watch  ” White Collar”, and many went  on “Magik Mike” only because of Matt Bomer !!!
    I am sure, Bomer would be magnificent as Christian Grey   !!!

  • SG

    I think the media giving coverage to BEE’s idiotic and homophobic remarks about Bomer, rather than treating them like the trash they are and ignoring them, could be bad for Bomer’s career. But I doubt this will have a long lasting effect, particularly given that most of the comments replying to BEE on Twitter call him out for being idiotic and completely and utterly wrong.

  • SG

    I think the media giving coverage to BEE’s idiotic and homophobic remarks about Bomer, rather than treating them like the trash they are and ignoring them, could be bad for Bomer’s career. But I doubt this will have a long lasting effect, particularly given that most of the comments replying to BEE on Twitter call him out for being idiotic and completely and utterly wrong.

  • Sarah Phelps48

    I would love to see Matt as Grey. He’s perfect. I would also like to see Henry Cavil.

    BTW, where did you get that Christian has blond hair? Actually it’s dark russett. No to Skarsgard and Gosling (neither of whom are drop-dead gorgeous as Grey is portrayed).

  • Anivalemanu

    Matt bomer should be christian grey!!! Who cares if hes gay.. Hes hot ;)

  • Lou

    Matt bomer is the perfect Christian grey in every way, he is exactly as I imagined Christian to be as I read the book, gay or not!

  • http://taste-is-sweet.livejournal.com/ Taste_is_Sweet

    Matt Bomer is playing a straight guy very convincingly right now on “White Collar”, because he’s an actor. Apparently BEE doesn’t understand that who he loves has no relevance to his job. Personally, the only reason I’d watch a 50 Shades movie would be to see Bomer if he played the lead.

    I certainly hope that people knowing Mr. Bomer is gay won’t hurt his career. It seems to be going very well now; may that never change.

  • susan

    Matt Bomer must be Christian Grey………….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Griff/1499992398 Jennifer Griff

    *urge to snicker* Why would anyone PAY to watch two strangers beat the hail out of each other? You can do that in your home for free, and oh, yes, if ever you make a flippant comment about being a Dominant sort [I’m not} some men will beg you to hurt them.