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Lee Daniels Says He's Developing A Gay 'Interracial Love Affair Action Movie' Like 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith'

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by Sergio
October 12, 2013 6:43 PM
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And I say why not?

In a new exclusive interview with Out Magazine, director Lee Daniels says that he's developing what he calls an "interracial love affair action movie," with an interracial gay couple.though he didn’t give any more details about the premise for the film, although he did say to think of it as a "gay 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith,' but the two good-looking guys as the action heroes.

Mr. and Mrs Smith being the Doug Liman-directed 2005 movie about a bored married couple surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie starred in it.

The twist in Daniels' own movie?

"We don't find out they're gay until the end of the movie," he told Out Magazine.

In the interview, he said that he's cast Alex Pettyfer (The Butler, Magic Mike, I Am Number Four) as one-half of the couple, and that he would “have to find the right black guy opposite him.

And when asked where he would find the financing to make such a risky project, Daniels responded that things have changed for him considerably, of late: “I don’t think I’m going to have a problem now. I made a $100 million for The Butler. I’m in a rare group. So this is something I feel good about.

O.K. I have to ask, who would you cast has the black co-lead?

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  • Anonymous | October 14, 2013 8:33 PMReply

    Anyone who may have had an interest in this doesn't have to see it now because Daniels' gave away the twist and the ending. ... But I don't see it being produced anyway. As someone already stated what heterosexual good-looking black actors with any type of following -- or even without -- would attach themselves to this project? Additionally, it has very limited audience or box office potential or appeal. Even successful white producers who are gay (Sean Hayes, for example) know it's too soon to venture into territory that would be considered extremely risque and gay as opposed to funny, comedy, gay. There simply isn't enough of an audience to support such an extreme juxtaposition of that type of relationship on screen.

  • that dude | October 14, 2013 11:27 AMReply

    He told "the twist" in an interview designed to go wide. So everyone knows the surprise. Too bad. It was actually a cute idea. Whether I saw it or not.

  • THE TRUTH | October 14, 2013 11:25 AMReply

    Good luck finding straight black male actors comfortable with that...lol. I know n*ggas in dresses are a epidemic now, but damn...

  • JTC | October 14, 2013 2:13 PM

    Mawon, I don't know where you are coming from on this. Having spent several years acting and much longer directing, it is my experience that actors feel more connected to some roles than others. Of course, one of my favorite actors is Jeffery Wright who played a gay angel in Angels in America and was quite excellent in that role, but an artist's quality or relevance cannot be based upon their openness or interest in expressing any and all aspects of human experience. I sense that you have an agenda in writing what you wrote.

  • mawon | October 14, 2013 11:52 AM

    If they're not comfortable with that then they shouldn't be actors.

  • Tamara | October 14, 2013 10:10 AMReply

    Oh mercy, who WOULDN"T I CAST in the black lead? There's so many good looking black male actors! Based on Daniels' Paperboy film, David Oyelowo (sp?). JUST BECAUSE. On another note a gay interracial Mr. & Mrs. Smith seems as if it could go really well or not so well. How about a serious cop story with two partners and then the reveal of their "partnership" (that isn't so over the top) at the end. I will say this: USA's failed show "Common Law" (2012) starring Michael Ealy and the Warren Kole... they had a relationship (counseling) thing going on. I wonder if Daniels' caught an episode of it. :) And both fellows were/are quite the catch. *rowr*

  • sthn | October 13, 2013 7:51 PMReply

    Apparently Sergio.....

  • ernchamp | October 13, 2013 6:03 PMReply

    with his track record for over the top (base) sexuality in his films...i have no desire at all!

  • Tamara | October 14, 2013 10:14 AM

    do you think there's a reason Daniels uses "(base) sexuality" in his films? other than just because? I'm curious. *rings bell* Tambay/Sergio "ORDER UP", let's discuss Daniels and his use of "(base) sexuality" in his works.

  • ernchamp | October 13, 2013 6:02 PMReply

    my question is ....who wants to see it?

  • Bee Reel | October 13, 2013 6:32 PM

    Clearly not you. But many others surely will. Unless you're assuming that every other person who goes to the movies sees the world exactly as you do, which would be pretty arrogant and just plain stupid to think that way.

  • Lauren | October 13, 2013 3:43 PMReply

    I'm glad for Mr Lee's success as a gay/Black director who's able to even consider such a project. I'm not interested in seeing it though and can't imagine the usual audience for the genre will be either.

  • AJ | October 13, 2013 11:38 AMReply

    sounds interesting i just hope it dosent leave me going why god why.

  • mawon | October 13, 2013 7:46 AMReply

    Well it ain't much of a twist now, huh?

  • Jones | October 13, 2013 7:12 AMReply

    Lee's in a "rare group" all right-- the group that (BLEEP)s their (BLEEP) while (BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP)ing.

  • ridiculous | October 13, 2013 3:43 AMReply

    I wish these gay people like Lee Daniels and Tyler Perry didn't have so much power to push their gay agenda. Wish we had more straight successful black film directors and writers. What is this world coming to? God have mercy

  • Bee Reel | October 13, 2013 6:34 PM

    And the award for dumbest, most ignorant comment of the day goes to "Ridiculous." I sure wish Lee and Tyler keep pushing their "gay agenda." Please continue to push it all the way down "Ridiculous's" throat, or maybe his/her asshole.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | October 13, 2013 4:54 PM

    @The Truth: I think Right On! is being facetious. Everything will always be an agenda to those who either are not of that group, are of a group whose own "agenda" isn't getting attention right now or those who just like to hem and haw about something being thrown in their faces incessantly. But for the record, everyone has an agenda; in fiction, it's called a character's "motivation."

  • THE TRUTH | October 13, 2013 3:29 PM

    @ Right On - there is no such thing as a "straight agenda."

  • scripttease | October 13, 2013 1:15 PM

    I agree ridiculous, it's ridiculous. I'm all for people being who they are, but alright already. Why not everyone run out on a daily basis and yell to the world, I'm Straight/Gay, I'm a Woman/Man, I'm Black/White. We get it. And I honestly and truly don't care how many thumbs down I receive, if it was even possible..........

  • Right On! | October 13, 2013 4:01 AM

    I agree! Plus, I wish all those straight successful black directors would stop pushing their straight agenda. We get it you're straight! Stop throwing it in my face. While we're at it.... white people and their white agenda. religious people and their religious agenda. men and their male agenda... No wonder the world is the way it is. Lord help us all.

  • The black police | October 13, 2013 2:08 AMReply

    My vote is for Omari Hardwick but he's already played down-low and may be afraid of this adding to the rumor mill (though he is married - and to a white woman). Another strike against him is his age: he's in his 40s I believe and the white male lead prospect is only 23. So, yeah.

    Maybe Jesse Williams of Greys Anatomy fame. Is he black enough?

  • The black police | October 13, 2013 2:24 AM

    Wow Jesse is in his 30s.

    How about Michael B. Jordan?

  • BoutDamnTime | October 13, 2013 1:28 AMReply

    Why couldn't it be two black men?! Well then, Laz Alonzo, Idris Elba, or Anthony Mackie.

  • Ghost | October 13, 2013 6:53 PM

    But remember we don't find out that they are gay until the end of the film. So if you get a gay actor-that "spoils" the film. Which tells me this is a film about 2 guys playing gay to solve a crime and come out at the end.

    So would this be the first action film to do this since others have been comedies? Because ti smells like a film that might offer commentary on the issues gays face along with scenes of action. Not saying it's a good or bad thing but that trailer better be a good one.

  • scripttease | October 13, 2013 1:08 PM

    I have a suggestion, why not go out and find some actual Gay Actors to play this role. That way when the straight men refuse this role, they want be accused of being homophobic. How is this any different from a Black Person taking a cooning and clowning role... anything for money right. SMDH.

  • The black police | October 13, 2013 2:04 AM

    One, he wants it to sell. That white man will draw (at least) all the nonblack gays and presumably most other people. Which black star can pull numbers? They all mostly cater to black women and I don't think black women will be enthusiastic about this movie.

    Two, white men seem to be his preference from what I remember seeing. So also, art is just imitating life, I suppose.

  • Crickets | October 12, 2013 11:50 PMReply

    No one cares.

  • November | October 14, 2013 4:45 PM

    Jesse Williams would be perfect opposite Alex Phiffer. I also thought about Michael B. Jordan, but I haven't seen him play enough characters to judge if he is dynamic enough to play a gay man. I've only seen him play hyper-masculine roles in his short career.

  • The black police | October 13, 2013 1:59 AM

    You just proved that you do.

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