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Russell Crowe

At the moment, award season buzz is centering largely around the magnificent performances of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club.” The two men’s performances have reminded a lot of film journalists at how well some actors have depicted gay characters on screen over the years, so let’s take a look at some of the actors who played gay characters not only well, but tastefully and with respect.

Russell Crowe: Yes, it may come as a complete surprise to many, but the great Russell Croweonce played a homosexual character on the big screen. It was before Crowe was making Hollywood blockbusters like “Gladiator,” so people can be excused if they haven’t heard of the film, but it was in an Australian film called “The Sum Of Us.” If you haven’t seen it, then you may certainly want to hunt it down and give it a watch because directors Geoff Burton and Kevin Dowling did a pretty decent job. The film itself has Crowe play Jeff Mitchell a young gay man searching for Mr. Right. His search brings him closer to his father, Harry Mitchell (Jack Thompson), who is now in the look for Miss Right. Touching, yet entertaining, the film is just a true romantic drama.

Ian Somerhalder: Long before he was playing vampire Damon Salvatore in “The Vampire Diaries,” Ian Somerhalder appeared in the very underrated flick “The Rules Of Attraction.” The flick was closely linked to “American Psycho,” was directed by Roger Avary and never really received the recognition it deserved as its alternative style of film-making made it an absolute gem. Somerhalder played Paul Denton, a young gay college student, who was disillusioned with the ‘queens’ around him and finds himself falling in love with the troubled and nasty Sean Bateman (James Van Der Beek) who was accidentally breaking hearts right across the campus.

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal: How could anybody put together a list of actors who have played gay characters without mentioning Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger? When Ang Lee first put together “Brokeback Mountain,” even he admitted he wasn’t sure how the film would be received, after all was there a market for a film about a gay relationship between two cowboys? He need not have worried as the film went on to record 100 award wins worldwide, including three Oscars. It also earned Oscar nominations for Michelle Williams and the two male leads Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Ledger and Gyllenhaal put in brilliant performances as they played Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar, two young cowboys involved in a passionate yet troubled relationship.

Michael Douglas and Matt Damon: When it was first announced that Michael Douglas would be playing Liberace and Matt Damon his boyfriend, Scott Thorson, the film world scoffed. In fact, they more than scoffed because the roles both seemed so out of character for both actors that many thought the film would just not work and it was pretty much decided that “Behind The Candelabra” was going to become a car-wreck of a film. People should never have doubted the creative mind of director Steven Soderbergh because he brought out the best in both actors, so much so that film critic Adam Ross was quoted on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show as saying “Douglas was so far into character it looked like he wanted to jump Damon between takes.” So good were Douglas and Damon’s performances that both have had their names mentioned during awards season.

Sean Penn: Another actor who ended up becoming an award winner while playing a gay character was Sean Penn. Penn picked up the Best Actor Academy Award in 2009 when he appeared in Gus Van Sant’s film “Milk” in the title role – playing gay activist Harvey Milk. His fellow co-star Josh Brolin also picked up the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for playing Dan White in the film that had critics ecstatic upon its release.

Tom Hanks: The great Tom Hanks also picked up an Oscar for playing a gay character when back in 1993. He played Andrew Beckett, a lawyer suffering from AIDS in the “Philadelphia.” The film not only educated the world on how hard it is for somebody infected with AIDS, but also dealt a valuable lesson about homophobia as Beckett is forced to work with a homophobic lawyer named Joe Miller (Denzel Washington). The film may be over 20 years now, but if you have never seen “Philadelphia” then it is certainly worth taking a look at.

With so many actors winning awards over the years for playing gay characters then it may seem like Mr. McConaughey and Mr. Leto might be in a good position as we all head into Awards season.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

The boys from ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ take a look at the best socially conscious films.

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

To Kill A Mockingbird

  • Rain Man (1988)
  • Clubland (2007)
  • The Black Balloon (2008)
  • Kidulthood (2006)
  • Kids (1995)
  • Bully (2001)
  • Blessed (2009)
  • Samson & Delilah (2009)
  • Avatar (2009)
  • Fern Gully (1992)
  • Lord Of War (2005)
  • Tom White (2004)
  • Em 4 Jay (2008)
  • Milk (2008)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
  • Mississippi Burning (1988)
  • Beyond Borders (2003)

 

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Samson & Delilah

  • Blood Diamond (2006)
  • The Angels’ Share (2012)
  • Another Year (2010)
  • Wall Street (1987)
  • Over The Edge (1979)
  • A Separation (2011)
  • Samson & Delilah (2009)
  • 1984 (1984)
  • An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
  • The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers (2009)
  • The Tall Man (2011)
  • Samsara (2011)
  • Michael Moore’s films
  • Seven Up! (1964)
  • The Blackpower Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

  • Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
  • Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
  • District 9 (2009)
  • Once Were Warriors (1994)
  • Sin Nombre (2009)
  • American History X (1998)
  • Romper Stomer (1992)
  • This Is England (2006)
  • Sicko (2007)
  • Requiem For A Dream (2000)
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • Palindromes (2004)
  • Ring Of Fire (1991)
  • Mean Creek (2004)
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  • Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Shame (2011)
  • Taxi Driver (1976)
  • Fight Club (1999)
  • Jisoe (2007)

 

GREG KING’S LIST

The China Syndrome

  • The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
  • The Lost Weekend (1945)
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
  • Brother Can You Spare A Dime (1975)
  • GasLand (2010)
  • Promised Land (2012)
  • Vera Drake (2004)
  • The Front (1976)
  • Bully (2011)
  • Valentine Road (2013)
  • Welcome (2009)
  • Le Havre (2011)
  • Balibo (2009)
  • Water (2005)
  • Tomboy (2011)
  • Trade (2007)
  • The Jammed (2007)
  • Philadelphia (1993)
  • The Color Purple (1985)
  • The Help (2011)
  • Maria Full Of Grace (2004)
  • Erin Brokovich (2000)
  • The China Syndrome (1979)
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  • The Killing Fields (1984)
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
  • Cry Freedom (1987)
  • Blood Diamond (2006)
  • La Haine (1995)

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

The boys from ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ take a look at the best films performances when an actor has gone against type.

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Jim Carrey Eternal

  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Now You See Me’
  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Nurse Betty’
  • Jennifer Aniston – ‘Horrible Bosses
  • Jennifer Aniston – ‘We’re The Millers
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – ‘Django Unchained
  • Don Johnson – ‘Django Unchained
  • Vanessa Hudgens – ‘Spring Breakers’
  • Charlize Theron – ‘Monster’
  • Kisten Dunst – ‘Melancholia’
  • Cameron Diaz – ‘Being John Malkovich
  • John Wayne – ‘The Conqueror’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Robert De Niro – ‘Meet The Parents’
  • Christopher Walken – ‘Hairspray’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Collateral’
  • James Stewart – ‘Vertigo’
  • Michael Keaton – ‘Desperate Measures’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Kick-Ass 2’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘The Truman Show’
  • Vince Vaughn – ‘Domestic Disturbance’
  • Adam Sandler – ‘Punch Drunk Love’

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Tom Crusie Interview With

  • Ben Kingsley – ‘Sexy Beast’
  • Edward Norton – ‘American History X’
  • Jack Nicholson – ‘About Schmidt’
  • Sean Penn – ‘Milk’
  • Michael Douglas – ‘Behind The Candelabra’
  • Charlize Theron – ‘Monster’
  • Harrison Ford – ‘What Lies Beneath’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Tropic Thunder’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Interview With The Vampire’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘The Truman Show’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Kick-Ass 2’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Robin Williams – ‘Insomnia’
  • John Travolta – ‘Pulp Fiction’
  • Russell Crowe – ‘A Beautiful Mind’
  • Pierce Brosnan – ‘The Matador’
  • Halle Berry – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Hugh Grant – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Tom Hanks – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Hugo Weaving – ‘Cloud Atlas’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘To Die For’

GREG KING’S LIST

Henry Fonda

  • Morgan Freeman – ‘Hard Rain
  • Vince Vaughm – ‘Psycho’
  • Gary Oldman – ‘Prick Up Your Ears’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Big Country’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Boys From Brazil’
  • Gregory Peck – ‘The Omen’
  • Steve Carell – ‘The Way Way Back’
  • Ashton Kutcher – ‘Jobs’
  • David Koencher – ‘Cheap Thrills’
  • John Travolta – ‘The Punisher’
  • John Travolta – ‘Broken Arrow’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘The Paperboy’
  • Nicole Kidman – ‘Stoker’
  • Michael Keaton – ‘Batman’
  • Henry Fonda – ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’
  • Frank McMurray – ‘Double Indemnity’
  • Frank McMurray – ‘The Apartment’
  • Elijah Wood – ‘Maniac’
  • Elijah Wood – ‘Sin City’
  • Jack Palance – ‘City Slickers’
  • Michael Cera – ‘Youth In Revolt’
  • Brad Pitt – ‘Inglorious Basterds’
  • Ernest Borgnine – ‘Marty’
  • Albert Brooks – ‘Drive’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Killer Joe’

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

Leonardo DiCaprio Django Unchained

  • Steve Carell – ‘The Way Way Back’
  • Jim Carrey – ‘Man On The Moon’
  • Henry Fonda – ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’
  • Robin Williams – ‘Insomnia’
  • Robin Williams – ‘One Hour Photo’
  • Bill Murray – ‘Get Low’
  • John Stamos – ‘Captive’
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – ‘Django Unchained’
  • Ewan McGregor – ‘Moulin Rouge!’
  • Russell Crowe – ‘Les Miserables’
  • Michael Cera – ‘This Is The End’
  • Ben Affleck – ‘Jay + Silent Bob Strike Back’
  • Matt Damon – ‘Jay + Silent Bob Strike Back’
  • Melissa Gilbert – ‘Ice House’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Mud’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Magic Mike’
  • Matthew McConaughey – ‘Bernie’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Rock Of Ages’
  • Tom Cruise – ‘Tropic Thunder’
  • Seth Rogen – ‘Take This Waltz’
  • Heath Ledger – ‘The Dark Knight
  • Liam Neeson – ‘Batman Begins’
  • Robert De Niro ‘Stardust’

The Good The Bad The Ugly

During The Good The Bad The Ugly Episode 42 the boys took a look at the Best Ever Biopics – let’s take a look at their selections.

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Frost Nixon

  • Sid And Nancy (1986)
  • La Bamba (1987)
  • Last Days (2005)
  • Chopper (2000)
  • Blue Murder (2001)
  • Goodfellas (1990)
  • Donnie Brasco (1997)
  • Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
  • Citizen Kane (1941)
  • The Cat’s Meow (2001)
  • Raging Bull (1980)
  • Ghandi (1982)
  • Downfall (2004)
  • All The President’s Men (1976)
  • Dick (1999)
  • Frost/Nixon (2008)
  • Phar Lap (1983)
  • Ed Wood (1994)
  • Dreamchild (1985)
  • Private Parts (1997)
  • The King (2007)
  • The Elephant Man (1980)
  • Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
  • Houdini (1953)

 

DAVID GRIFFITHS’ LIST

The Social Network

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) – just kidding we know it wasn’t real
  • The Social Network (2010)
  • Ned Kelly (2003)
  • The Runaways (2010)
  • Control (2007)
  • Valkyrie (2008)
  • The Hurricane (1999)
  • Frost/Nixon (2008)
  • The Special Relationship (2010)
  • The People vs Larry Flynt (1996)
  • Man On The Moon (1999)
  • I’m Not There (2007)
  • Gorillas In The Mist (1988)
  • Girl, Interrupted (1999)
  • The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
  • The Aviator (2004)
  • Milk (2008)
  • Schindler’s List (1993)
  • Soul Surfer (2011)
  • My Week With Marilyn (2011)
  • The King’s Speech (2010)
  • Lawless (2012)
  • Underbelly (2008)
  • The Damn United (2009)
  • Nowhere Boy (2009)

 

GREG KING’S LIST

Mad Dog Morgan

  • Ghandi (1982)
  • Raging Bull (1980)
  • The Hurricane (1999)
  • Ali (2001)
  • The Greatest (1977)
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • Cinderella Man (2005)
  • Braveheart (1995)
  • Amadeus (1984)
  • Man On The Moon (1999)
  • Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)
  • Elizabeth (1998)
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
  • Lady Jane (1986)
  • Anne Of The Thousand Days (1969)
  • Ray (2004)
  • Bird (1988)
  • Surviving Picasso (1996)
  • Pollock (2000)
  • Basquiet (1996)
  • Nixon (1995)
  • W. (2008)
  • The Elephant Man (1980)
  • Finding Neverland (2004)
  • Milk (2008)
  • Born On The Fourth July (1989)
  • Squizzy Taylor (1982)
  • Mad Dog Morgan (1976)
  • What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)
  • Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
  • Patton (1970)
  • Chaplin (1992)
  • Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
  • Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
  • Dillinger (1973)
  • Public Enemies (2009)
  • Someone Up There Likes Me (1956)
  • Elvis (1979)