Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield has claimed that he's a gay man right now, because he's been watching RuPaul's Drag Race to get into character for his role in play Angels in America. Well, a gay man, but "without the physical act."
Because, you know, that's all it takes: watching hours of reality television. It's got nothing to do with the appreciation of a man's fine-ass behind.
Garfield, who once snogged Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds at the Golden Globes for a laugh (because, you know, that's what a little man-on-man action is, a laugh), has been preparing to star in the play where he appears as a gay man. He said:
"The preparation had begun before (rehearsals began) with a lot of my friends. The play is as much devoted to my friends in the gay community as it is those that passed during the epidemic.
My only time off during rehearsals – every Sunday I would have eight friends over and we would just watch Ru. I mean every single series of RuPaul's Drag Race. I mean every series. This is my life outside of this play. I am a gay man right now just without the physical act – that's all."
Garfield is hardly the first Hollywood star to claim to be a gay man trapped in a straight man's body. James Franco, also an alumni of the Spider-Man franchise, has described himself in the past as having a Straight James and a Gay James, and that he's gay in his life "up to the point of intercourse":
"I like to think that I'm gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I'm also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I'm straight."
Garfield, honey, this just ain't how it works. You don't become gay from watching a shed-load of RuPaul's Drag Race. You become gay by being born a man who likes the menses, baby.
Plenty of gay men don't watch RPDR. Hell, I know one gay guy who is scared of drag queens (it's like having a fear of clowns, I guess). And plenty of straight men watch it too, and can do so without feeling the need to get all "I'm a gay man now! But keep that thing outta my butt!" about it.
Andrew Garfield made the comments at a panel discussion at the National Theatre this week, and did go on to insist that while he is not actually gay, he is open to an awakening later in life:
"As far as I know, I am not a gay man. Maybe I'll have an awakening later in my life, which I'm sure will be wonderful and I'll get to explore that part of the garden, but right now I'm secluded to my area, which is wonderful as well.
I adore it, but a big concern was what right do I have to play this wonderful gay role?"
Now those are some comments I can get behind!
That's the kind of attitude you should have. We love it when you immerse yourself in our culture, when you get an understanding and respect for it; but don't pretend to understand what it's like being us unless you've actually lived it.
And Andrew, should you ever get that "awakening"…