Leonardo To Go Gay Again?

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Fresh off playing J. Edgar Hoover, Leonardo DiCaprio is being buzzed about to play a less closety gay.

According to The Guardian, he's supposedly the frontrunner to play Alan Turing, the math wiz who helped break the Nazi code but who was broken himself when his homosexuality came out.

The script, titled The Imitation Game, has just been bought, and Leo's name is being bandied about along with possible director Ron Howard (who hopefully won't repeat his A Beautiful Mind shtick of draining all the gay stuff).

Turing was a big gay, and, as lemonwade reminds us, his sexuality was roundly punished in the criminalizing U.K.

In fact, he "was forced to undergo 'chemical castration' as an alternative to prison."

Turing later died of cyanide poisoning and was declared a suicide (though his mother felt he'd accidentally ingested the cyanide after an experiment).

A tragic story -- and unlike Hoover, he didn't even have nice gowns to play with.



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Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Won't it be his third gay role?

How about "Total Eclipse,"  in which he played the teen-age poet Arthur Rimbaud, screwing his pal Paul Verlaine like there was no tomorrow, much to the annoyance of Verlaine's wife.

Henderso
Henderso

Derek Jacobi was brilliant as Turing on Broadway in "Breaking the Code."

PS
PS

There's also a drama documentary in the works about Turing.  It broadcasts on Channel 4 in the UK later this year. Plans are being developed for worldwide distribution.  www.turingfilm.

MCook
MCook

This is exciting news.  There is a documentary about Turing that will be aired on Channel 4 in November - glad to see this genius is getting his due!http://www.turingfilm.com/ 

MartinNYID
MartinNYID

Oh Yay, another movie where a queer loses in the end. As for DiCaprio - the word 'playing' is interesting...

Kramer
Kramer

Well, isn't it important to show history? How a genius who wasn't ashamed to be gay was destroyed despite being a war hero?

MartinNYID
MartinNYID

Not when all they can come up with is 'fag dies in the end' - there's plenty of content - but the Hollywood Boogermen makers always need to be spooking people. And then we throw money at the the one time in twenty they show a marginally tangible character. Siskel & Ebert had a great (and haunting) discussion about this in 1982 - http://www.ebertpresents.com/e...

I'm not picking a silly net fight here or with you, but in my opinion, Queers, Blacks, Indians, etc. have been waiting for a Hollywood machine to legitimize them as non-second class citizens for too long. We need to stop worrying about what the Corporania™ culture industry is doing and create our own. They don;t do films abotu Jimmy Baldwin, or Bayard Rustin or others who don;t meet tragic endings for being who they were.

And I thin the word 'gay' has a lot to do with the problem - the word Turing woudl have used was 'homosexual' which is very different in my view. 'Gay' has been usurped by ratings-hungry producers. But this is a little off topic.

Ibiza
Ibiza

Praying that Ron Howard is not attached. Even if he leaves the gay stuff, he will make it corny as shit.

Gigot
Gigot

Suddenly he can't get enough of the gay thing!

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