Richard Armitage is an actor I’ve always liked. I always strongly suspected he was gay but he skirted round that issue in interviews. He has a hugely dedicated female fan following, some of whom used to hang out in the IMDB message boards & eviscerate anybody who dared suggest he might be gay. They claimed “it didn’t matter either way to them but he was definitely NOT gay.”
Anyway, after hinting at it in interviews for a while, he finally unequivocally came out in an interview with the Radio Times yesterday. So I’m wondering how the IMDB gang will take it because it obviously DID matter to them.
Personally I’m pleased because he is proof that sexuality is irrelevant in acting. He plays straight men extremely convincingly and is very attractive. I frequently fancy the characters he plays & that’s good enough for me. The fact that I wouldn’t be his cup of tea in real life is irrelevant. I’d have had zero chance of having sex with him if he was straight so him being gay doesn’t alter that figure. 😂
I hope more gay actors feel empowered to be open about their sexuality and the growing trend for it to no longer matter when it comes to casting develops further.
Likewise I have no problem with straight actors playing gay. Acting is about pretending to be people who are not you convincingly. Who you choose to have sex with in your real life should have no relevance to your work.
It's shocking that this is still a conversation that has to be had, isn't it? I can't believe people still have to declare their sexuality, whatever it might be, and there are still so many industries where your preference may hamper your career progression. Edit: I suppose the added twist is the fandom that comes with fame and how much that influences one's decision to openly declare their sexuality. Fans turning on you for something that has nothing to do with your body of work must be crushing.
When I first read this, I thought “I heard about this a while ago. Why is it news now?” But then I remembered that it was Luke Evans I was thinking of! I knew it was someone from the only Hobbit movie I’ve watched. Neither one of them should be news. I can’t imagine that it would matter at all to fans.
Fans can get twisted out of shape over things that are none of their business and have no bearing on an actor’s work. Look at Chris Evans last year when he said he had a girlfriend. That one fan even wrote a letter saying he lied to them and she was so disappointed in him, like her opinion meant squat or that he owed his fans any revelation regarding his private life. It happens all the time. I hope RA doesn’t get any flack from his fans. It’s none of their business who he loves.
I think RA, like BC, has a lot of female fans among which there is a core group of weirdos. In BC’s case it’s the marriage/kids don’t exist brigade. With RA it’s the no he can’t be gay brigade. These people are always a tiny minority of the fanbase.