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Russell Tovey: 'My sexuality still comes up in casting'

Russell Tovey: 'My sexuality still comes up in casting'

Published Saturday, Aug 24 2013, 16:56 BST | By Beth Curtis

Russell Tovey has admitted that his sexuality still comes up when being cast in straight roles.

The openly gay actor, who is best known for playing Rudge in The History Boys, werewolf George Sands Junior in Being Human and Steve in Him & Her, told The Guardian that questions are still asked about whether audiences can accept gay actors in straight roles.

He said: "I've found out over the years that the conversation about casting me has come up: would it affect the show and the audience if I'm a gay man playing a straight character? These conversations are being had still."

However, Tovey insisted that most television viewers "don't give a f**k about your private life or know who you are".

The 31-year-old rose to prominence in archetypal "bloke" roles, but said that he is keen to play a gay character in future.

He added: "I really want to do it properly, with something that is clever and moving everything forward rather than covering old ground.

"Not someone who's gay and miserable, dying of Aids, secluded, a bit weird. I want to play someone who's normal and just happens to be gay."

Tovey will next appear in crime mystery What Remains, which starts on BBC One at 9pm tomorrow (August 25).

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by Anonymousreply 108/24/2013

He's smokin hot. Damn right his sexuality comes up at casting calls. It probably comes up damn near everywhere. I'd bring it up if I ever met him. Does anyone know how I can meet him?

by Anonymousreply 208/24/2013

Dick-sucking lips and ears for handles.

I'm in love.

by Anonymousreply 308/24/2013

If they ever get around to casting Mr. Preston Bougainvillea...

by Anonymousreply 408/24/2013

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by Anonymousreply 508/24/2013

No. No. Do not pin the ears. They are his best feature. I'm hot for his ears. I wonder if he can fly..

by Anonymousreply 608/24/2013

What R5 said. And it's a pretty simple procedure too.

by Anonymousreply 708/24/2013

Russell Tovey: the unlikely lad

How did one of Britain's few out actors come to specialise in playing the archetypal bloke? Being Human and Him & Her star Russell Tovey reveals all

Simon Hattenstone; The Guardian, Saturday 24 August 2013t

(Lengthy article at link)

by Anonymousreply 808/24/2013

It was rumored that he was going to be the new Dr Who, and fans seemed to like the idea. It's interesting he was passed over.

by Anonymousreply 908/24/2013

The problem is straight women. Between most casting directors being fraus and all of the delusional fangurls who act like their hearts have been broken whenever their crush comes out, it's no wonder gay actors have to deal with such bullshit still.

by Anonymousreply 1008/24/2013

I'm with R6, leave those ears alone! He's perfect as he is!

by Anonymousreply 1108/24/2013

The problem is also gay men who are the first to say "That queen with her? What a laugh!"

by Anonymousreply 1208/24/2013

The ears give him character. Why should he get them pinned to look like every other actor?

by Anonymousreply 1308/24/2013

[quote]It was rumored that he was going to be the new Dr Who

Years ago, and he's a self-loathing gay, using the tired, "I'm not that kind of gay guy" bullshit line.

He was also fucking married men.

by Anonymousreply 1408/24/2013

[quote]The ears give him character.

There's a big difference between having "character" and looking deformed.

by Anonymousreply 1508/24/2013

Wouldn't it be almost impossible to do any ear work when you're 31? Maybe 6 or 7, but early 30s?

by Anonymousreply 1608/24/2013

Hemorrhoids are treatable, Russell...

by Anonymousreply 1708/24/2013

Sounds like some of the posters on this thread are the ones with the hemorrhoids.

by Anonymousreply 1808/24/2013

Bent over.

by Anonymousreply 1908/24/2013

The last paragraph of the Guardian interview seems like direct dig at Luke Evans:

Tovey says he always knew it was important for him to be open about his sexuality. Why? Simple, he says. "I love my personal life and having a social life. And I didn't ever want to have to compromise. I could imagine being at this stage now and having skeletons in the closet, and you sitting here going, 'So have you got a girlfriend?' and me saying, 'I've not got a girlfriend at the moment, I've not met the right girl, there's a few people around.' And in my head going, I'm going back home to my boyfriend in five minutes." He pauses. "D'you know what I mean? I just can't be arsed with that."

by Anonymousreply 2008/24/2013

Tovey has no range, and he doesn't look like a man. He's blaming his homosexuality on not getting roles now.

by Anonymousreply 2108/24/2013

Looks like a man to me!

by Anonymousreply 2208/24/2013

The many posters here that would encourage him to get plastic surgery says a lot about why he hasn't broken into the American market. No he isn't a fantastic actor but he does have a cool real guy look that people want him to ruin.

by Anonymousreply 2308/24/2013

Love the quote at R20.

R12, bull-fucking-shit. No one casts movies based on what gay guys say. You're fooling yourself if you think they are.

Every single producer we've had on here has said it's for straight audiences. The majority. Numbers. Money.

We're a minority. They barely give a shit about us when we're their target demographic; they sure don't care when we're not.

by Anonymousreply 2408/24/2013

Loved him in Being Human and especially as Alonso on the Titanic-themed Doctor Who Christmas special. And then again as Alonso being set up by the Doctor with Captain Jack/John Barrowman when David Tennant's Doctor was saying goodbye to old friends in his final appearance.

by Anonymousreply 2508/25/2013

Is Aidan Turner out? I wonder if Russell was thinking of him when he mentioned young gay actors he didn't want to name who were still in the closet.

by Anonymousreply 2608/25/2013

[quote]Russell Tovey: 'My sexuality still comes up in casting'

He knows this to be true because he's heard it - from Cardiff, Wales.

by Anonymousreply 2708/25/2013

He played the lovelorn jailer's son so well in "Little Dorrit."

With proven acting chops like that, he deserves to be cast in a wide variety of roles, gay, and straight.

by Anonymousreply 2808/25/2013

love this picture

by Anonymousreply 2908/25/2013

and this one

by Anonymousreply 3008/25/2013

and this one

by Anonymousreply 3108/25/2013

He's got a flat ass and no dick.

by Anonymousreply 3208/25/2013

Russell Tovey Joins Gay-Themed HBO Dramedy 'Looking' (Exclusive)

5:22 PM PDT 8/29/2013 by Seth Abramovitch

This marks the first major U.S. role for the actor, who broke out playing the werewolf on BBC's "Being Human."

Russell Tovey is joining the cast of Looking, HBO's upcoming half-hour dramedy about the lives of a group of gay men living in San Francisco, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Tovey, best known as werewolf George Sands on the hit BBC supernatural drama Being Human -- which later inspired a U.S. version on Syfy -- has been booked to play the recurring role of Kevin, an accomplished video game wunderkind who has achieved financial and critical success at a young age. Kevin, who is gay, works closely with Patrick, the show's lead, played by Jonathan Groff.

The deal marks the first major U.S. role for 31-year-old Tovey, who is openly gay. The British actor has previously said that he veers away from playing gay roles, telling the Independent, "Every character I play is straight, which is unique, my agent says, because it’s not really been done before that someone who is completely out is able to play straight roles. So for me to play gay it has to be something special, because it might actually be more of a risk. So I’m waiting for that role -- I want it to be something that moves things forward."

The series, created by Michael Lannan, centers on three gay friends, played by Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, as they hunt for love and good times, with all manner of modern conveniences at their disposal. Also in the cast is Scott Bakula, who plays Lynn, a wealthy and popular figure in the San Francisco gay community.

The pilot episode, penned by co-executive producer Lannan, was directed by Weekend's Andrew Haigh, who serves as executive producer along with Sarah Condon. The eight-episode series is set to begin shooting in San Francisco in the coming weeks.

by Anonymousreply 3308/29/2013

[quote]was directed by Weekend's Andrew Haigh

No wonder.

by Anonymousreply 3408/30/2013

That show sounds more like a show for Logo.

by Anonymousreply 3508/30/2013

He's currently in a crime drama called 'What Remains' on bbc1 right now. I had to laugh to myself at the archetypal bloke comment because to me that is exactly what he is. He kind of plays himself.

by Anonymousreply 3608/30/2013

It's funny.. I just thought about this the other day, like.. the guys that have recently come out.. Wentworth Miller, Lucas Cruikshank etc. Will they be able to get work? I hope so, but I'm not sure. Hollywood is still homophobic. In Wentworth's case, having gone into screenwriting, maybe it's not so bad. But for Lucas, who is mostly known for doing kids shows, and have very little acting talent outside of that.. I think it'll be difficult for him.

by Anonymousreply 3708/30/2013

It's interesting that he joined this show, as his agents refused to even consider "Weekend" as a project for him. I guess the fact that it's an American project made it more attractive.

by Anonymousreply 3808/30/2013

The boyfriend's quite hunky.


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by Anonymousreply 4103/02/2015

I'm glad to see that The Guardian was speaking truth to country with the "one of Britain's few out actors" line. You'd think every actor in the UK was out with the way the Brits talk in this forum.

by Anonymousreply 4203/02/2015

I really liked him in "Him & Her"

by Anonymousreply 4303/02/2015

[R:10] said most casting directors are "fraus". I presume he means women but just has no manners as well as no working knowledge of the industry. Anyway, this is factually inaccurate. While it's a job where women are better represented than most fields in the industry, there are also many men - a significant proportion of which are gay.

In addition, casting directors don't have sole casting responsibility. Far from it. They might have primary responsibility for sourcing, arranging and running auditions and they have a voice... But castings are entirely collaborative decision that include the director, the producers, executive producers and the studio if it's a movie or the broadcasters if it's television. And most of these positions are statistically held by men and again, a significant proportion of these will be gay men.

In reality, the ones who will find it hardest to get cast are women above a certain age or with unconventional good looks as perhaps these are the hardest for gay men to understand their potential appeal.

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