Friday, May 08, 2009
For Club Keanu
Above photos have Keanu Reeves on the left and Carl Marotte on the right. Brad Fraser is best known as a writer and director especially for his play Unidentfied Human Remains and the True Nature of Love but he wrote a controversial play in the early 80's starring Keanu Reeves and my friend Carl Marotte called Wolfboy. I thought the web site Club Keanu would enjoy these photos taken for the poster and promos for the play Wolfboy and find out more about the talented Brad Fraser. (Fraser has written for the tv program Queer As Folk. Carl and I have been friends for years and he has also been an encouraging force with his interest in my short films. Carl and I made a film together a few years ago on a script I wrote and he directed.
I love these photos and I am really proud of these guys for playing characters who are homoerotic in 1981. When the movie Brokeback Mountain came out a lot of people hailed the stars as mavericks and "brave" for playing gay characters while also eeking out careers as straight leading men. The thing is...there have been a few actors who are not only tolerant but willing to risk backlash as leading men to play gay guys. Not only were these two guys willing to do so in this play Wolfboy but Reeves also played a gay man in the movie My Own Private idaho during the climb of his career as a straight romantic lead...in a climate a lot less tolerant than the era of Brokeback Mountain. Three cheers for director Brad Fraser, Carl Marotte and Keanu Reeves!!!
1.) Why gay marriage?
2.) Why Keanu Reeves?