Why is someone bothering to make a movie about dull-as-mud Channing Tatum’s career start as a male stripper when Sir Sean Connery’s early days as a jobbing actor and model are much hotter stuff?
We all know about his greased up, pec-flexing Mr. Universe past. Then last year a couple of almost nudie paintings of the Hollywood legend from his time as an artists’ life model came to light (his modesty was protected by a bulging pouch).
Now the British Film Institute has unearthed what they believe to be the ‘very first gay TV kiss’ and one half of the lip-smacking pair is Connery in an early screen role.
It occurs in a one-off drama called ‘Colombe’ which was originally broadcast by the BBC in 1960. Connery’s character suspects his brother of having an affair with his wife, so he deep-tongues his brother just to find out what bro has that he doesn’t. So it’s also the first incestuous gay kiss on TV and just bad writing.
As to how such a groundbreaking kiss made it onto TV screens at a time when homosexuality was still criminalized in the UK, Dick Fiddy of the BFI says: “… it might have been accepted because of the context and because it was a television version of a classic play by a great French dramatist.”
why is this coming out now????
And 51 years later, this is news, why?
Because they only just discovered it. As usual, Queerty only tells us half the story. After Elton has the full report.
I think it’s interesting that, back then, British TV and society in general was a lot more subversive and challenging to the heteronormative mainstream than was American society. Of course, things have changed somewhat over the ensuing years. Britain was also ahead of American in depictions of homosexual attractions in the movies: you only have to look at Women In Love where there’s an erotic naked fight between two men, for instance. If this movie had been made in the USA, the studio heads would have censored it.
My Sean Connery admiration just went Amazeballs!!….His early career would make a great book or movie!!!
What did the story have to do w/ Jake? I can see if it was “Move over Channing” or Alex…
And can you really call the kiss “gay”, it’s more to prove a point that homosexual attraction. >_<
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