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  • November 10, 2020

Viggo Mortensen Defends Playing Gay in New Film: It’s Not ‘a Gimmick, Anchor, or Some Trigger’ — WATCH

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Actor Viggo Mortensen, who identifies as heterosexual, defended his decision to play a gay man in his directorial debut, Falling, which deals with a family’s dementia-stricken patriarch, who is also racist and homophobic.

Mortensen told Reuters that the decision to make the film’s main character John a gay man was not “a gimmick, anchor or some trigger.”

Said Mortensen: “There are certain characters I’m not going to play. I wouldn’t play Eric, the Chinese-Hawaiian American (above).”

Mortensen asked himself, “what if it’s not a wife? What if it’s a husband?” when writing an early scene and changed it to see how it felt.

“If it doesn’t work or feels somehow not right for the story, then I won’t use it, but I liked it,” Mortensen added. “There’s been so much injustice toward under-represented groups, racially, sexual orientation (and in terms of) sexual identification.”

Watch the trailer for Falling:

The post Viggo Mortensen Defends Playing Gay in New Film: It’s Not ‘a Gimmick, Anchor, or Some Trigger’ — WATCH appeared first on Towleroad Gay News.

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