Thursday
July
30
2015
6:02 pm
Weather

  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 
Nathan Lane: Straight actors can play gay roles
July 23, 2014, 05:00 AM The Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS — Gay actors shouldn’t have a monopoly on gay roles, award-winning stage and screen actor Nathan Lane said.

Lane, who is gay and has played both straight and gay characters, was asked the question at a TV critics’ meeting Tuesday. He was there to discuss PBS’ presentation of the Broadway play “The Nance,” in which he stars.

“We just had ‘The Normal Heart’ (with) Mark Ruffalo, fantastic job. I think who’s right for the part and most talented” should be hired, Lane said. Ruffalo, who is straight, starred as a gay man in the AIDS drama for HBO.

“That way only madness lies. ... I wouldn’t have played Nathan Detroit or Max Bialystock” if casting followed such rigid rules, Lane said. He won a Tony Award for his Broadway portrayal of larcenous producer Bialystock in “The Producers” and was a nominee as gambler Detroit in “Guys and Dolls.”

Lane is an Emmy nominee this year for his guest role as wedding planner Pepper Saltzman in ABC’s sitcom “Modern Family.”

Hollywood has been criticized for casting white actors as ethnic characters and, as gay characters have become an increasing part of movies and TV, giving such roles to straight actors. “Will & Grace” came under fire for casting straight actor Eric McCormack as a gay man.

“The Nance,” which earned Lane another Tony bid this year, is about a gay burlesque performer in 1930s New York. It airs Oct. 10 on PBS’ “Live From Lincoln Center” as part of the series 40th anniversary season.

 

 

Tags: straight, characters, casting, actors,


Other stories from today:

Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian
Ken Burns turns his lens on Roosevelt dynasty
Nathan Lane: Straight actors can play gay roles
 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
Return To Archives
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
Do you think cities and the county should regulate services like airbnb that rents out rooms and homes?

Yes, homes are not hotels
No, let the free market be
Maybe a little to make sure people using the service are legit
Not sure

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Crews battle fast-moving fire in California's Lake County
LOWER LAKE, Calif. — A fast-spreading wildfire in Northern California's Lake County has destroyed ..
Greek leader seeks to quash rebellion with party vote
ATHENS, Greece — In a bid to consolidate his political support and complete a crucial bailout with..
Confederate flags placed at Ebenezer church near MLK Center
ATLANTA — Four Confederate battle flags were found on the grounds of the Ebenezer Baptist Church n..
India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts
NEW DELHI — Ignoring pleas and petitions by civil society groups, India on Thursday hanged an acco..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2015 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County high school sports