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Brendon Ayanbadejo (Ravens)
In the thread about the actor who’s squeamish about kissing another man for a TV commercial, everyone (including me) forgot the best example.
What now-prominent straight actor got his big break not only playing a gay man, but as a gay man dying of AIDS? – long ago, before many readers here were born?
In 1984, his taking the role in the film “Parting Glances” may have given him second thoughts. (Not sure because he didn’t write an attention-getting article for the Atlantic about it!) But the terrifying AIDS angle would have been daunting for most anyone that early – ’84 was even before “The Normal Heart” was staged – and the “will-this-stereotype-me-as-gay” thing had definitely not been disproved yet.
Does this apply to a two-second, uncredited kiss in a TV commercial (an HIV public service announcement, yet) in 2012?
(to clarify) – “Parting Glances” was not released until 1986, but was CAST and mostly shot in 1984.
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