PinkNews: Sherlock actor Andrew Scott has has spoken out publicly for the first time to say that “as a gay person” he condemns Russian president Vladimir Putin for introducing anti-gay legislation to the country.
In an interview with the independent, the BAFTA-award winning actor spoke about his role in upcoming BBC2 drama ‘Legacy,’ where he sports a Russian accent.
When asked how he came to adopt the accent, Scott said: “There isn’t a huge amount of footage of Russians speaking English as a second language, so I started looking at Vladimir Putin videos on YouTube.
“But then Putin introduced anti-gay legislation this summer – so, being a gay person, I switched to Rudolf Nureyev videos instead. It was another Nureyev defection of sorts!”
On the topic of keeping a low profile on being gay, he added: “Mercifully, these days people don’t see being gay as a character flaw.
“But nor is it a virtue, like kindness. Or a talent, like playing the banjo. It’s just a fact.
PinkNews: British actor Andrew Garfield has revealed that he would want a gay or a bisexual Peter Parker in the forthcoming sequel of the Spider-Man franchise.
Garfield reprises his role as the superhero in the upcoming ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ next year, and recently revealed he has signed on for two more films in the series.
Starring as the hero’s love interest ‘Gwen Stacey’ is Emma Stone, Garfield’s real life girlfriend, but the British Actor has come out in strong support for a re-imagined love interest for the series, saying he wants a male character named AJ instead.
The actor explained to Entertainment Weekly that he had long talks with the films’ producer Matt Tolmach about the idea: “I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ. And I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’”
He added: “Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking! So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”
When asked by Entertainment Weekly which actor he thinks could play AJ, Garfield said: “I’ve been obsessed with Michael B Jordan since ‘The Wire’. He’s so charismatic and talented. It’d be even better – we’d have interracial bisexuality!”
Andrew Garfield was previously outspoken in his support for equal marriage, when in an interview with The Times in April he challenged: “How can anyone argue against compassion and understanding?”
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is due to be released on May 2, 2014 in theaters.
: In August 1971, George Kalogridis scored a job bussing tables at The Walt Disney Company’s new theme park, set to open that October. Now, as of Feb. 1, Kalogridis is Walt Disney World’s fifth president, taking over for Meg Crofton, who will fully assume her role as president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. and France.According to his official Walt Disney World bio, Kalogridis, 59, has been with the company for 41 years. He comes to his new role in Lake Buena Vista from Disneyland Resort, where he has served as president since 2009. Kalogridis’ job titles also include CEO for Disney Resort Paris, vice president of Travel Operations at Walt Disney World in Orlando, and vice president of Epcot.
One of the new perks of the job will be a permanent home in Disney’s Golden Oak development, located on property within the Magic Kingdom.
It really doesn’t feel like very long ago that Disney and subsidiary, ABC, were known for their anti-gay, “family values” policies. The times, they are a changing.
DListed: Here I was thinking that Jim Nabors announced his undying love for peen on a “SHAZAM! I’M GAY!” cover of People Magazine in the 1970s, but I guess I was wrong. I guess Gomer Pyle never publicly slid down the rainbow while proudly waving a rainbow flag, but he is now. Gomer Pyle (which sorts of sounds like the name of a sex act you’d get into at a massive gay orgy) has married the man he’s been with for longer than some of us have been breathing air. Jim Nabors told Hawaii News Now (via Towleroad) that he married his partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader, on January 15th at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.
“I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so we’ve been together for 38 years and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody. I’m very happy that I’ve had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I’m just very happy.
“It’s pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple, yet when you’ve been together 38 years, I think something’s got to happen there, you’ve got to solidify something. And at my age, it’s probably the best thing to do.”
Jim and Stan met in Honolulu in 1975 and they’ve been there ever since. I would say that this is Jim Nabors’ second marriage, but apparently that rumor that he married Rock Hudson in the early 70s is a lie and he’s denied it a million times.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mr. Gomer Pyle and congratulations to all the bitches at their wedding who shouted “Well, GAAAAWWWWW-LEEEEE” after the grooms kissed.
DListed: On Wednesday night’s episode of Masterpiece Theater Presents The Diary of America’s Favorite Family, Sugar Bear’s brother Uncle Poodle, who’s got a little fruit in his tank (copyright: Mama June), came over to the house to work with Honey Boo Boo Chile on her pageant sway and to get into a grass fight with the other members of the Country Bear Jamboree.
Our nation’s sweetheart Honey Boo Boo calls her uncle Uncle Poodle, because she calls all gay dudes poodles. (For the record, I am so not a poodle. I’m more like a cockapoo who has to go to the vet every other week for raisin tongue because I won’t stop licking my own ass.) Honey Boo Boo took some time out from launching grass bombs at Uncle Poodle to share some words of wisdom on being gay and she did it without murdering gnats or snorting out nose jelly, so you know it’s important!