Dear Tom Hardy, next time just say this…

 

Seems Tom Hardy got asked yet again about whether he’s gay or not. He was pissed and it showed. So he not only came off as a bit of a dick (and not his fault, honestly) but he missed an opportunity to put an end to the rumors. Instead of just answering the question, he made a big production about of pretending he didn’t understand the question.

The “what are you on about” part is silly. He knew exactly what the reporter was asking about.

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Here’s what he SHOULD have said.

“[gentle laugh] I’m never going to live that down, am I? OK.. so a few years ago I was talking about how I had played gay roles before because I’m an actor, and someone misunderstood that to mean I had had gay sex in my personal life. Partially my fault, I didn’t word it very well. I’m not desperate to clear my name or anything, but I don’t want people to think I’m closeted or openly gay and then think I’m a hypocrite being married with two kids… because… you know… I’m married with two kids. That said, we’ve already been over this many times and I’m not sure what else I can add to the conversation other than, No I’m not gay but if I was, you’d personally be maybe ¾ the way up the list below Brad Pitt but above Hugh Jackman because that guy is CRAZY.”

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Vice does a rather horrifying story on Ex-Gay Conversion

Seeing these men… full of pain because they’re not the men they can ever be… makes the viewer go back between pity and revulsion, frustration. Many of us know gay and lesbian people who don’t fit the vile stereotypes they spout. And of course they seem to blame being gay for all of their shortcomings and failures… They aren’t married, don’t have kids, hate their parents, have addiction issues… it’s easier to blame something over which you have no control or power than to actually get to the root of their issues.

They even seem – just a bit – to acknowledge that there’s no real way to stop being gay. They know that deep down. But fighting the windmill is a lot easier than dealing with the real personal issues they have. Battling things like depression, the inability to socially fit in and parental issues is a lot harder than going to a place that blames all those issues on one thing… their being gay. They’re told that being gay is the route of all their issues and therefore if they find the magic cure to being gay… all their other problems will magically go away.

It’s 21st century snake oil. And while it’s never worked, it’s still a huge money-making business.

“In this special report, VICE gets exclusive access to one of the hundreds of gay-conversion-therapy organizations, groups, and sessions in the United States. At the Journey into Manhood program, men pay more than $600 to attend a weekend retreat where they participate in exercises and activities the staff members claim will help them battle their same-sex ­orientation. The only qualification to become a staff member is to have successfully completed the program.”

Keep reading at Vice.

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Ian Parks

Shooting a few scenes for some up-coming projects including my next Titanmen movies Bad Cop and Hardly Working (all titles are tentative until they’re official, so that’s a working title).

My buddy the handsome and talented Ian Parks happened to be in town, so he came by the house for a dip in the pool and I hauled out my camera and we snapped a few pictures. Because that’s how I roll.

Ian can be seen in Where The Bears Are.

Season 3 is starting soon…

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Jimmy Somerville celebrates the 30th anniversary of Small Town Boy

It’s been 30 years since Age Of Consent came out?

I have to admit that when this song came out, the video with his stark and honest depiction of a young gay man running away from home was a bit too much for me to really take and I completely turned my back on the band until their next album (without Jimmy) came out and it could just be a bit party.

I wasn’t ready for it at the time.

But since then I’ve grown to love that album and it’s pretty fun to see that 30 years later, he’s still got that same voice…

Filmed in May 2014 at Rak Studios, St Johns Wood, London
Vocals: Jimmy Somerville
Piano: Nick Nasmyth
Directed by: Freddie Hall (Twitter@FredHall89)
Director of Photography: Josh Adams (mrjoshadams@hotmail.co.uk)

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PROJECT: PHOENIX Episode 6: “Happy Trails to You”

PROJECT: PHOENIX
an original web series for zombiebakeshop.com

Written and Directed by Chad Darnell
Executive Producers: Patrick Murray, Diane Ademu-John, Tina Travis and Chad Darnell
Producer: Kathy Weiss
Starring: Lee Meriwether, Sherilyn Fenn, James Logan, Shanda Lee Munson, Linc Hand, Justin Welborn, and Kathy Deitch.

We had a GREAT time doing this series. We shot the whole thing in 5 days, a budget of $12,000 and a fantastic cast. We’ve learned a LOT from doing this series and I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed it. We’re still hoping to do a season 2, but it’s become such a launch pad for all of our careers, that might have to wait a while. Tell me in the comments what you think.

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Shut Up, Jasun: Dumb Starbucks Edition

Randomly heard from my friends on Facebook about this “parody” coffee shop about 5 minutes from my house in Silverlake. It’s called “Dumb Starbucks.” Everyone was talking about it, trying to figure out just what it was, trying to find out the story behind it. I decided to come down and check it out myself. When I first saw how long the line up was, I almost bailed (two hours for a free cup of coffee is more than I really have time for) but then I saw Johnny “Gay Pimp” MacGovern in line and I hopped in line and said “hi.”

We were all very aware that it was probably part of a promotional campaign for something.. the general consensus was that it was Jim Carrey promoting the new Dumb and Dumber movie. But when something that the whole world is talking about is happening a short trip from your house… why not check it out.

Yeah, we’ve never heard of Nathan.. whatsisname, either.