Over the past few weeks, we have seen a plethora of TV stars attached to the upcoming feature film adaptation of “50 Shades of Grey” — and “White Collar” star Matt Bomer was one that we even wrote about a number of weeks ago.
Now, an author who has been talking extensively about this part for whatever reason — maybe because he’s not writing the screenplay but would secretly like to — and his comments specifically about the Bomer rumor are getting some controversy. Why? According to a series of posts on his Twitter account, “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis believes that the actor’s sexuality would be an issue for those trying to perceive the character of Christian Grey a certain way:
“Okay. Let’s finalize this. 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…Matt Bomer is NOT about discrimination. It’s about 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?”
Ellis actually continued along this rant for quite a while before making a blanket statement that the makers of the movie will in no way hire a gay actor to play this part, claiming that they need someone who is “into women” in order to make it work right on the big screen. These comments are clearly offensive to many, and it is also not the first time that Ellis has ranted about an actor rumored for this part — he also bemoaned at one point how everyone was talking about Ian Somerhalder of “The Vampire Diaries” for the part as if it was a sure thing. (All Somerhalder had said was that he was interested in the gig.)
We’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again — it’s incredibly unlikely that someone from the world of television is going to step in to this part. Why? Their schedules are restricted to when they are not under contract with their other job, and the filmmakers will probably want someone with a bit more flexibility. For the record, they are also not going to cast anyone until both a writer and director are chosen for the project.
What do you think about Ellis’ comments towards Bomer? To check out more on the Somerhalder rumors, be sure to visit our story here.