‘The Butler’ Director Developing a Gay Interracial Action Movie With Alex Pettyfer
Director Lee Daniels brought us Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron in ‘The Paperboy,’ a potential Oscar contender in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler,’ and now he wants to push the envelope a bit more. He’s developing an “interracial love affair action movie” with ‘Magic Mike‘ star Alex Pettyfer in mind for a lead role as one-half of a gay ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’-type couple. Well, if that doesn’t rile up One Million Moms or Westboro Baptist Church, what will?
Daniels made this reveal in an interview with Out magazine, but if you think about it, “in development” doesn’t always mean it’s a sure thing. Many projects have been in development hell, like the ‘Jersey Boys‘ movie, ‘The Dallas Buyers Club‘ (which is getting its theatrical release after years in the making), or Guillermo del Toro‘s “developing” ‘Justice League Dark’ movie. While this doesn’t confirm a film like the one Daniels speaks of will make it to the big screen, it could still happen.
Says Daniels, think of it as “‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith,’ but the two good-looking guys as the action heroes.” Although, we already spoiled the surprise twist: “We don’t find out they’re gay until the end of the movie.” According to him, Alex Pettyfer (who’s celebrity stock is in much need of a pick-me-up) is already on board for the film, but he “has to find the right black guy opposite him.”
While a film like this would speak greatly of the strides made in bringing a larger variety of LGBT characters to life on the big screen, wide releases and funding have not been easily attained by many of the labeled “gay movies.” As we stated, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ was an idea spawned a good 20 years ago, with stars and directors bailing left and right. Not to mention Steven Soderbergh’s recent HBO Liberace biopic, ‘Behind the Candelabra,’ which Soderbergh stated no studio wanted to make as it was deemed “too gay” for mainstream audiences. However, Daniels remains confident. “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.”
So what do you think? Will an idea like this ever come to fruition? Who should star opposite Pettyfer as the other Mr. Smith? Give us your thoughts in the comments.