Casting About

Of course, there’s always room for divergent views.  I recently told you about Russell T. Davies’ show on UK television in which he made a point of only casting gay actors as gay characters – echoing calls to not allow heterosexual actors to play gay roles.  Joining me on the contrary side of this argument is Neil Patrick Harris.  “I think there’s something sexy about casting a straight actor to play a gay role – if they’re willing to invest a lot into it.  I played a character for nine years who was nothing like me.  I would definitely want to hire the best actor.”

It was just announced that Michelle Pfeiffer will play former first lady, Betty Ford in a limited series for Showtime.  One wonders if she will take up drinking or just acting drunk.

Elsewhere in US television, rumors are running rife that the gaping hole created by the absence of Kim Cattrall in the reboot of Sex and the City will be filled by…wait for it….Caitlyn Jenner!  There’s no nice way of saying this – Caitlyn is not much of an actress.  In fact, if you saw Bruce in Can’t Stop the Music – well, that was as good as it gets.  If Caitlyn would like to, I dunno, repair cars, sell camping equipment, or do an infomercial for an exercise bike, I’d be all over it.  But this?  Nah.


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