Monday, December 14, 2009
Remember When Actors Used to Pretend They Weren't Gay?
I feel like I have a pretty good awareness of what's going on in the world. It's part of my job, and also I just enjoy trying to know about everything. However, there are some things that I can't really pay that much attention to and only have a vague knowledge of. Since I'm an adult, "Twilight" is one of those things. But when it starts to invade things that I like, ie Saturday Night Live, sometimes I am shocked at what I have been missing.
This is what I had heard: For the sequel to "Twilight", one of the characters is supposed go from shy guy to love interest. People were worried that the guy playing this character, Taylor Lautner, wouldn't be up to the job. So the fans rallied around him, he started working out like crazy, and they reluctantly gave him the part. Then Twilight freaks went crazy for him - as they would for anyone in the movie - and suddenly he's a "heartthrob" getting cast in big budget movies.
This was all fine to me. I don't really care. Then he hosted Saturday Night Live and I got my first real look at the situation.
What everyone failed to mention is that this guy is clearly gay. I don't want to out people or whatever, but no one can watch this guy and not think he's gay. He just is, and that's fine. And I don't think he's really hiding it. It made me wonder; did people think this way about Travolta back in the day? They had to suspect it, right? With all the singing and the dancing and the marrying 60 year old dying ladies when he was 22.
Maybe it's the internet that speeds these things up. Some people probably had the Travolta is gay thought, but there was no way to throw it out there. So they kept their opinions in the closet, so to speak.
Anyway, Taylor Lautner is a gay man, or will be soon. But more importantly, and more surprising to me, is that he is not a good looking man. I know good looking. Zac Efron, now that's a drink of water I can get onboard with.
Taylor Lautner has a crazy pig nose. My friend Nick made this apt comparison:
Yes, I know none of this is for me, but I don't think anyone has thought this whole "Taylor Lautner is a star" thing through. It's another case of the George Costanza syndrome. I've detailed this before - it's where Jason Alexander is hilarious as George Costanza so people give him other parts in things, thinking he's gonna be funny. But he's not. He's only great on a great team with a great character.
Taylor Lautner is the George Costanza of "Twilight". With a pig nose.