WATCH: Clooney, Bomer, Colfer, Pitt And More Perform In All-Star Benefit Reading Of 8

Saturday night, lucky audience members got to see an Academy Awards telecast-worth of Hollywood stars take part in an L.A. reading of 8, Dustin Lance Black‘s dramatization of the trial to overturn California’s Proposition 8.

If you couldn’t get there—or missed AFER’s livestream of the historical drama—catch it above.

George Clooney and Martin Sheen played attorneys David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, who represented two queer couples (played by Christine Lahti and Jamie Lee Curtis, and Matthew Morrison and Matt Bomer) defending their right to be married. Brad Pitt played Judge Walker Vaughn, who ruled the measure was unconstitutional. Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Cleve Jones, Campbell Brown, George Takei and Yeardley Smith filled in other roles in the historic trial.

The best casting of the whole production? Jane Lynch as NOM ogress Maggie Gallagher!


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  • Red Meat

    Kevin Bacon and Brad Pitt did the best job imo.

  • KR

    Amazing production all did so well! Clooney was great, Lahti excellent, Sheen had brilliance at times. Loved Bomer’s impassioned lines about standing next to family, you could tell it was personal with him. O’Reilley was great as well. Felt like Pitt was least involved emotionally. Matther Morrison was surprisingly good. Chris Colfer material was good but somewhat Kurt like. Enjoyed Takei. Loved and thank them all for this important civil rights piece!

  • Red Meat

    @KR: Have you ever seen Judge Walker speak? Brad Pitt was spot on, from the tone in his voice to the face expressions.

  • Curtis

    Love Jane Lynch! lmao
    She play such good bitch.

  • Curtis

    @Red Meat:
    Agreed, Brad was the best, as usual :)

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