Ask any actor what challenging role they would want to portray. You would be surprised that their answer is all the same: “I want to portray a gay role.”
Gone are the days when most actors would dream of riding a motorcycle doing dangerous stunts while chasing baddies or being chased by hoodlums. Even the actors who look like every inch of action stars resolve to essaying homosexual roles.
Case in point, JC de Vera and Geoff Eigenmann said in their recent interviews that they are considering such kind of challenge because it would allow them to showcase more of their acting skills.
Their view on how good and effective acting should be reminds us what Kapuso actor Rocco Nacino said when he accepted to play one of the lead roles in the acclaimed gay themed indie movie, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Paa. The young actor mused that gay roles make straight actor win acting awards.
On hindsight, these actors don’t accept gay roles because they want to tell a story or perhaps tackle sensitive issues that hound the members of the third sex. They do it for recognition as most award giving bodies these days center largely on the performance of actors who cry like sissies on the boob tube or on the big screen.
Some actors also do it hoping to resuscitate their waning showbiz career. We can’t blame them for having this kind of mindset because even in Hollywood, many actors became successful in reviving their career. They even won awards for playing homosexual characters.
Then again, not all gay characters that an actor would portray can make a big difference. It still depends on the quality of material and the script. This explains why some actors ended up doing the same gay roles over and over again but still remained virtually unknown in show business.