'50 Shades Of Grey' Casting: Bret Easton Ellis Votes Against Matt Bomer
A creative YouTube user got everyone’s hearts racing when he posted an unofficial 50 Shades of Grey trailer video featuring White Collar’s Matt Bomer and Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel as title characters and S&M lovers Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. But Bomer and Bledel are not the first to be considered for the roles by anticipating fans. E.L. James' best-selling erotic trilogy sent the fiction world abuzz this spring with speculations about which actors would take on the film adaptation, with popular picks including The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhand, True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard and Henry Cavill as the enigmatic Grey, and Emma Watson, Amanda Seyfried and Lucy Hale as naïve Steele.
The rumor, most recently plastered across the cover of Entertainment Weekly, is apparently not accurate. Although Bomer did foray into R-rated territory in his recent Magic Mike male stripper role, there is no word from the actor or confirmed sources that he wants — or is being considered — for the coveted part.
Some have made the claim that Bomer wouldn’t even make a credible Grey because of his sexuality. “No way,” tweeted novelist and American Psycho screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis, 48. “Matt Bomer isn’t right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay,” Ellis continued, sparking serious backlash and an E!Online cover titled “Fifty Shades of Bitter” that accused Ellis of being resentful for not getting to pen the soft porn screenplay. “I’ve never been called ‘self-loathing’ more times than today,” Ellis said of his critics' responses following the statement.
Ellis was quick to explain that he wasn’t trying to insult Bomer or homosexuality. “I am NOT discriminating Matt Bomer because of his sexuality,” Ellis said on Twitter. “I like Matt Bomer. I think Matt Bomer is sexy and a good actor. Do I think he’ll be discriminated against regarding 50 Shades of Grey? Yes.” Ellis himself has remained moot over the years about his sexuality for fear that his books would be misconstrued if he defined himself either way. "If people knew that I was straight, they'd read (his books) in a different way. If they knew I was gay, Psycho would be read as a different book,” Ellis told USA Today.
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