Sometimes you come across a story that starts in one place and ends somewhere else entirely. Take, for example, this piece from List. We dove in to read what actor Tamer Hassan had to say about his Layer Cake co-star Daniel Craig’s Oscar ambitions.
Craig, says Hassan, wants an Academy Award so badly that he’d do a gay scene in the next James Bond flick: “That’s Daniel dying for an Oscar. Ever since Brokeback Mountain everyone wants to have a gay scene to win an Oscar.” Ah, yes, the gay for gold card. Cute, but not the most original punchline.
While we would have ended there, we wanted to “hear” what else Hassan had to say for himself – and we’re kind of grossed out. With regard to playing gay:
You couldn’t get me doing that though – my son would never forgive me! I’ve got a 16-year-old son, so can you imagine? He would get ridiculed for it. And he’s at a professional soccer club too – can you imagine the dressing room banter?! So, no, they couldn’t get me doing that. They can keep the Oscar and I’ll keep my virginity!
Good God! Is it really so difficult to discuss gay with your son – and address homophobia in his soccer club – that you’d reject a gay role even if it garnered an Oscar? Way to commit…