Bret Easton Ellis Tweets
About Matt Bomer

A lot of factors play into whether or not an actor is picked for a movie role. Is sexuality one of them? Yes, according to Bret Easton Ellis: He thinks Matt Bomer is too gay to play Christian Grey.

Matt Bomer too gay for Fifty Shades of Grey

Matt Bomer can't play autistic leading man Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey because he's too gay, according to director Bret Easton Ellis.

"Okay. Let's finalise this ... Matt Bomer is totally hot and a very good actor. He is NOT right for Christian Grey and it complicates the role," he tweeted Tuesday, adding that Bomer can't play a straight man because he's married to another guy.

"I don't care how good an actor you are but being married to another man complicates things for playing CG."

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We're really glad he weighed in on the subject, since everyone cares what he thinks. But, he's totally not discriminating on the Magic Mike star because of his sexuality. Nope. Not at all.

"I am NOT discriminating Matt Bomer because of his sexuality. Fifty Shades of Grey demands an actor that is genuinely into women. Get it?!?"

No, we don't get it: Bomer may — or may not— be in talks for the role. It seems like everyone from Alexander Skarsgard to Nicolas Cage have been mentioned for the job, but things are far from set in stone.

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It doesn't matter if he's gay

How many actors have played characters with sexual orientations different from their own? Well, let's see: Tom Hanks played a homosexual man with AIDS in Philadelphia, Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger played gay lovers in Brokeback Mountain and openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris plays womanizer Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, to name a few.

It's called acting, Bret. From that reasoning, porn star James Deen shouldn't be acting with Lindsay Lohan in Ellis' upcoming film The Canyons because everyone will just associate him with being a porn star.

Plus, it's not like it's the first time Bomer has played a straight character: His White Collar and Magic Mike characters were both straight — and Bomer even had to grind on women for the role. We don't remember getting too worked up about his sexuality when we watched the film — we were too busy with our dirty thoughts about his body.

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Matt Bomer hasn't even talked about the role

The whole Fifty Shades of Grey casting rumor mill is ridiculous: It's just fans casting out their hopes for who they want to play Christian and Ana — and the media runs with it. Most of those mentioned as "frontrunners" haven't even talked to anyone about the role, including Emma Watson, Elizabeth Olsen and Skarsgard.

Give it a rest. They aren't going to cast well-known actors in the role anyway. We're willing to bet that the producers will cast unknowns in the roles, just like Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were unknown before Twilight.

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Comments on "Matt Bomer: Too gay to play Grey? Yes, says writer"

Elisa June 27, 2013 | 2:35 PM

OMG in which century are we living! He's more than perfect for the role. Sensuality doesn't have to do with uality!!!

vickie May 14, 2013 | 9:07 AM

Matt Bomer is a great actor. Movies are fantasies, CG role is a fantasy in most womens minds. We will see what are mind wants to see, they don't need to actually show me some of the actual scenes in the book, just a suggustion of what is really going on. I do have a imagination of my own, and being a woman have experienced alot of what is written. When I look at Matt Bomer, I see a beautiful man, who cares that he is married, lots of actors are married. Leave the man alone, I for one would love to see him in this role.

Jennifer October 09, 2012 | 6:56 AM

Matt is the perfect actor to play Christain Grey. No one cares who he is with in his personal life.. Not casting him bc of his personal relationship choice is discrimination. If he actually wanted the role and the director said no bc of that reason, not ok. He definitely has proven that he is more than amazing on scene in Magic Mike. Thought never crossed my mind while watching that movie. Stop being so close minded Director and listen to the public regarding who they want to see casted. It's it about us ? We are the ones that go to your movies.

April August 10, 2012 | 1:30 AM

Wow. There is so much to laugh at in this whole situation... One:who cares if he's married to another guy. Barney from HIMYM is a pretty straight guy, but Neil Patrick Harris? Yeah, that's another story. Also, if they made a movie of Fifty Shades of Grey, it would have to be a porno. Seriously. Why is anyone even thinking of making that into a movie.

anonymous August 08, 2012 | 4:19 PM

I don't care what Ellis thinks.He is a loser and an attention seeker. He has a history of saying offensive things.

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