Bret Easton Ellis: Hollywood is the Most Homophobic Place in the World
The outspoken author returned to Twitter to discuss whether a gay man could star in "Fifty Shades of Grey," and why he thinks the industry is tough on gay men.
Just a day after announcing on Twitter that he was no longer in the running to adapt the hit S&M book Fifty Shades of Grey for the big screen, Bret Easton Ellis returned to the micro-blogging site to share his opinion on how it might be cast -- and advance his theory that Hollywood is unkind to gay people.
"Hollywood is the most homophobic place in the entire world," he tweeted early Wednesday. "Why Brokeback Mountain was a hit was because it starred two beautiful actors instead of two real ugly characters from the story. Producers."
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal starred as Ennis and Jack, the two secretly gay ranchers in the film.
The accusation came in the context of his weeks-long obsession with who he'd want to cast as Christian Grey in the upcoming film version of the book. He had long prefered Ian Somerholder, but had debated many other names with his followers. One actor he had considered but ultimately ruled out, White Collar and Magic Mike star Matt Bomer, became the source of an even longer Twitter rant Tuesday.
"Okay I'll say it. Matt Bomer isn't right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He's great for other roles but this is too big a game," he tweeted, continuing, "I am NOT discriminating Matt Bomer because of his sexuality. Fifty Shades of Grey demands an actor that is genuinely into women. Get it?!?"
Ellis added, "I think Matt Bomer is incredibly handsome and a good actor but I think he comes off totally gay in White Collar. And that is why no to CG."
The press tour for a film about a sexually charged heterosexual man, being played by a gay man, would be a disaster, he wrote; left unsaid was why, exactly, the public could not get behind a gay actor playing a straight man.
Finally, he tweeted: "Look, all actors are GAY: they put on make up and pretend to be someone else. That's just a fact. Rock and roll. Deal with it. Scientology?"