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Will & Grace Co-Creator Talks, On Gay Actors

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Back in December, gay actor Richard Chamberlain advised that other gay actors stay in the closet due to the "tremendous amount of homophobia in our culture."

Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick does NOT agree.

Here's what he had to say in response to Chamberlain's advice:

“I don’t think the audience is as homophobic as the media would have us believe. Neither is Hollywood. I’ve never denied an actor a job because he was gay, but I have denied actors jobs because they suck."

"There is no blacklist that forbids gay actors from playing straight roles. Convince us you’re in love with her and we’ll hire you. And I promise we won’t care who you’re cuddling up with when you’re off camera."

You tell 'em, Mutchnick!

As we said before, hiding the truth is not the answer.

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15 comments to “Will & Grace Co-Creator Talks, On Gay Actors”

  1. 1

    omg perez shutup-
    im surprised ur not beatin down this guy for sayin this about gay actors.

  2. 2

    This is where the 'acting' comes in. In the world of reality TV we forget there are actually talented actors and actresses woking in Television. I loved Max's quote regarding not hiring actors because they suck. Having worked in the industry, I wish more producers and directors followed this advice. There are actors that whine about all the stereotypes getting their jobs, when really, go take a lesson and hone your craft.

  3. 3

    Max Mutchnick is either deluded or naive.

    Where is TR Knight since he left Grey's Anatomy? Where will Neil Patrick Harris be after his show goes off the air? What happened to Rupert Everett's career when he came out?

    If you're gay and want a leading man career you can't come out. It's not the way it should be, it is just what it is.

  4. 4

    I wonder if he has bad aids in his bum like perez does

  5. 5

    Re: nycityny1 – NPH came out of the closet BEFORE HIMYM started, not after.

  6. 6

    unfortunately, i don't believe this man represents the majority view in hollywood. things are changing, sure, but it's not like 'hey, no prob, man…whatever' ESPECIALLY for gay male actors.

  7. 7

    Re: LiseH92 – No, you're just wrong. Harris came out after HIMYM was on the air. He was kind of forced out by Perez.

  8. 8

    Gay actors should be best at acting, many of them have had to act like they are straight for a long time.

  9. 9

    are you kidding me? From the guy who's flamingly gay actor on the show never came out during the run of the show? I call total BS on this….

  10. dodo says – reply to this


    Utter nonsense. First of all, "We won't care who you are cuddling up with when you're off camera" is a perfect argument for NOT coming out. If you don't care, why do I have to make a public revelation of who I am cuddling up with? Second, just because Max is surrounded by a very gay friendly environment in Burbank does not mean that middle America does not care. On the contrary, that is exactly why Max's gay characters, Will and Jack never displayed open acts of affection such as kissing until the show was coming to an end. There were plenty of scenes of Grace and Karen in bed with guys, but how many times did you see Will in bed with a guy? Total hypocracy.

  11. 11

    No I actually think Richard Chamberlain was RIGHT, because the elecation patterns of CA and many other states TRULY reflect the consense of what "the public" vote and are actually say. In CA–where Hollywood resides–PROP 8 PASSED, and not by alittle, but by ALOT so there's a hole there. And in many states wheres judges granted gay marriage, they lost their seats in this just pasted mid-term election. AND THAT IS WHAT STUDIO HEADS LOOK AT, not opinion but facts, and the FACT is NO-for average americans especially

  12. 12

    You know, this Munchdick's show basically was a display of gay stereotypes to entertain straight people. Booooooo to this bitch and his phony opinions!

  13. 13

    well damn can you say the same for ethnic actors/actress.. I mean we haven't evolved on screen..but gay guys have and they are minorities just as we are. smh. I mean i would admit there are sterotypical gay roles.. like when did being gay mean being a girl? The gay guys i know are as manly as a straight guys or sometimes even more of a man.

  14. 14

    This coming from the guy who didn't hire John Barrowman (who is openly gay) for the role of Will because he seemed "too straight."

  15. rsvp says – reply to this


    This is a gay producer talking, not a straight one. That's where the problem really is.