It’s Sin Creator Russell T Davies on Casting of Gay Actors in Gay Roles – Deadline

Russell T Davies, Creator of Channel 4 and HBO Max’s Upcoming AIDS Crisis Series It’s a sin, spoke about the importance of making gay actors into gay characters.

With Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, the series is already winning rave reviews, and in a publicity blitz ahead of its UK premiere on January 22, Davies made his sense of preserving authenticity known to the ‘screen.

the A very English scandal the writer told the Radio Times: “I’m not awake to this … but I’m convinced that if I throw someone in a story, I throw them to act like a lover, or an enemy, or someone who does drugs or a criminal or a saint… they’re not there to ‘act gay’ because ‘playing gay’ is a bunch of codes for a performance. It’s a question of authenticity, the taste of 2020. ”

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He added: “You wouldn’t throw some able-bodied down and put them in a wheelchair, you wouldn’t blacken someone. Authenticity leads us to happy places.

Davies was not adamant about only portraying gay actors as gay characters – and his past work shows straight men have performed in gay roles that he has authored. Channel 4 Series 1999 Queer as Folk Straight actors Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly and Charlie Hunnam were three men living in Manchester’s gay scene.

It’s a sin is loosely based on Davies’ own life, exploring friendship and love during the 1980s AIDS crisis through the eyes of three young gay men as they embark on a new life in London. As the decade passes, and as they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they are determined to live and love more than ever.

He told the Radio Times: “I must have known hundreds of guys like them. [the characters in It’s A Sin], but although we all had those crazy nights in the city, I was lucky I escaped HIV. I was a little wiser than my characters, which is why I write them doing what they do. But in the 1980s I kept my head down and worked a lot, I didn’t start dating properly until my 30s, in the 90s.

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