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I have somehow managed to put a gigantic bruise on my hand. I have a vague memory of hitting it on something and saying “ouch,” but I don’t remember specifics (which means it couldn't have been as bad as it looks), and in the meantime – ouch. Also ouch, I almost sliced off the tip of my little finger washing a new, sharp knife this morning; such a fine, little cut it just stings and stings (fortunately, not very deep -- stingy, but not bleedy).

Random thoughts of the week: lately I’ve seen a strange trend, wherein a lot of commentators and reviewers and the like are saying that gay actors can’t (or shouldn’t) play straight characters.

Uh… wha…?

I can’t figure it out at all. Gay actors have played straight characters for years (centuries!!!); leaving aside the current crop like Neil Patrick Harris (Barney, notorious ladies man) or Dan Butler (lecherous Bulldog, from Fraiser), go back in time and consider the entire catalog of work from closeted men like Rock Hudson, Gary Grant, and Randolph Scott! And what about the other way around, straight men who play gay characters? Billy Crystal, Eric McCormack, Heath Ledger, Patrick Stewart, Steven Weber; would these people think all of these actors played their roles badly? What about lesbian actors? Portia de Rossi plays very convincingly straight, I think (I didn’t even know she was gay until she and Ellen got married!); and what about Jane Lynch? Sara Gilbert? Wanda Sykes? Lily Tomlin? Not to mention Marlene Dietrich!

The essence of acting is being someone who you are not – playing a role. One of my favorite parts was Owen Glendower – and believe me, we didn’t make him female so I could play him! (Or any of the other parts in Henry the Fourth, Part One, wherein our drama department was approximately 7 to 1 female, so a good two-thirds of the mostly-male roles went to girls). I always get on this when I hear that someone should not play "against type." A good actor can play ANYONE or ANYTHING. ANYWAY... /rant

Now, I'm as much against Arizona's SB 1070 as anyone with a brain, but at least I am fully aware that Arizona actually borders Mexico (and the honest problems we've had with drug smugglers), unlike Democrat County Supervisor Peggy West of Milwaukee, who apparently doesn't realize this, and is definitely giving Democrats a bad name. (If you are Democrat or left-leaning, don't read the comments, they just cause high blood pressure.)

Reading my Flist had given me the urge to re-watch Farscape. We started it with framefolly a few weeks ago, but she waits for no one and has wisely been watching it online, something I have trouble doing (I like watching TV and working on my computer at the same time, so I very, very rarely watch TV on my computer), so I'm either going to have to rent it all again OR finally break down and buy the "Complete Series" that was just released...

The crock pot is full of butter beans, bacon, and hot dog chunks, all nicely seasoned and smelling delicious.

I am so very glad it's Friday. I'm once again wiped out and exhausted for no good reason and I will happily sleep in tomorrow (even though I should get up, move the truck, and rake the gravel in my driveway).

Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today!

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nutmeg3
Jun. 26th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
And let's not forget Rupert "Sex on a Stick" Everett. Sheesh!

ITA about simultaneously watching TV and using the computer. My brain generally goes nuts if it can't be doing two things at once, if one of them is TV or the computer.
wildrider
Jun. 26th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
Oddly, Rupert Everett was one of the ones brought up -- by Craig, of all people! -- as playing "only gay." (Which I disagreed with, largely because one of the first things I saw him in was "The Importance of Being Earnest.") But on the whole... don't get it!!!

Yep, that's me. MUST do two things at once -- I can't work on the computer without the TV, and more and more can't do the other (unless it's something with subtitles and I must read movie!).
nutmeg3
Jun. 26th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh, silly Craig. I admit RE seems to play gay lately, but like you, I saw him early on in Importance... and thought he was yummy. Was Craig talking about it this week? I'm not sure I've seen any of this week's shows yet, or maybe he said it before and I just forgot about it.
wildrider
Jun. 26th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
No, it was a while ago (I, too, have fallen WAY behind); I can't remember the episode now; it was just one of those tangential monologue rants where he rattled off "My Best Friend's Wedding, gay friend, The Next Best Thing, gay friend..." and I can't remember what else, but considering Everett's portfolio, it wasn't TOTALLY fair (especially since Craig himself has played gay!)--now I wish I could remember which epi it was! But apparently it's a current gripe going on with the casting in "Glee," as there are all sorts of rumblings about openly gay Jonathan Groff playing *gasp* a straight boy (when Glee has gay characters already, it's not like they're being homophobic or anything).
dsgood
Jun. 26th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Next you'll be saying that Asian actors should be able to play white actors, if whites can play Asians!

Or honest actors should be able to play politicians!
wildrider
Jun. 26th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Hee! Yes, indeed!

margdean56
Jun. 26th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Not to mention all those boys playing women in Shakespeare's time -- tut tut! :) Matter of fact, that tradition goes all the way back to the Greeks!
wildrider
Jun. 26th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't go back that far. :-)
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