I swore I would never speak of Fifty Shades of Grey on my blog, but after reading Bret Easton Ellis' tweets I cannot keep my mouth shut. My Twitter social circle blew up last night over the possibility of Matt Bomer playing Christian Grey in the screen adaptation of E.L. James bestseller. What caused the issue? Bret Easton Ellis tweeted his opinions. I'm not knocking his opinion, we are all entitled to one. What made me snort with laughter was the part I highlighted.
What I find ludicrous is the insane popularity of the series. The most popular book on the planet? What has happened to the literary world? No, not a fan of Fifty. My reasons are varied and will likely come in another blog post since I decided to broach the subject. Every time I read or hear something new about the series it's generally accompanied by a sigh of disinterest, a shake of the head, or a massive eyes roll. I'll explain all that another time.
I find many of the opinions expressed in these tweets ludicrous. I'd link to this guy's Twitter account, but frankly don't want to. Let's just keep it at I do not agree with pretty much everything the man said, other than Matt Bomer being sexy and a good actor parts. Calling Bomer a "trophy-husband", what exactly is the point of THAT?
Anyway, why am I so fired up over the casting of a movie I will NEVER go see? The short answer is I'm not. What I am fired up over is the insinuation that Bomer's personal life has anything to do with his ability to play Christian Grey. So, as Bret Easton Ellis expressed his opinions, I will now express mine.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Actor Matthew Bomer arrives at Relativity Media's premiere of 'Haywire' co-hosted by Playboy held at DGA Theater on January 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)I think Matt Bomer is incredibly good looking and a talented actor. Who he goes home to at night doesn't change those two things for me and are none of my business to begin with. If Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal can successfully pull off Brokeback Mountain, then Matt Bomer can be Christian Grey. It's called ACTING. You know, you memorize lines, put on clothes that aren't yours, and pretend to be someone else. A great actor can convince you they are anyone. I've seen actors I adore portray characters I despise. To I care if he gets the role? Nope. I do not plan to rush out to a theater. But, I think Matt Bomer could definitely pull off a convincing "Laters, baby."
And that is my humble opinion.