Created By: lonniec on January 2, 2013

gay for pay

when a heterosexual actor plays a homosexual character.

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Is whenever a heterosexual actor gets cast as a homosexual.it can be an in universe example and it can also be used for trivia,sort of like Fake nationality.
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  • January 2, 2013
    DRCEQ
  • January 3, 2013
    lonniec
    Ok I,m going to try to explain by using an example:Bruno is a gay character played by Sacha baron Cohen,who just happens to be straight.An in universe example would be:Bob is a straight actor who plays a gay man but bob doesnot want to kiss the other actor who plays his partner.
  • January 3, 2013
    DRCEQ
    Yeah. This is Method Acting The Same But More from what I see. You're going to need a lot of examples, at any rate.
  • January 3, 2013
    Duncan
    I think Method Acting in this situation would be a straight actor actually sleeping with a man in preparation for a gay role (which only happens rarely).

    Not to be confused with Faux Yay.

    The term "Gay for Pay" is usually used in gay porn, a lot of the more attractive straight porn actors realize they can make more money sleeping with men on camera, since the Male Gaze tends to linger on the women in heterosexual porn.

    • Eric Mc Cormack played gay Will Truman on Will And Grace for several seasons.
    • Ewan Mc Gregor and Christian Bale in Velvet Goldmine
    • Charlie Hunnam in the UK and Hal Sparks in the US versions of Queer As Folk.
      "I'm not afraid of people thinking I'm gay, because the people who would think that I'm gay just because I'm on Queer as Folk playing a gay character are mentally the same people who think that mimes are actually trapped in boxes." - Hal Sparks on playing Michael.
    • In-Universe in In And Out Cameron Drake wins an Oscar for playing a gay soldier. And in the movie itself, Kevin Kline and Tom Selleck.
  • January 3, 2013
    Duncan
  • January 3, 2013
    lonniec
    Exactly what Duncan said
  • January 3, 2013
    Jaqen
    Define it as an in-Universe trope with NO real-life examples.

    Otherwise actors who play War Lords and Wizards = People Sit On Chairs
  • January 3, 2013
    Duckay
    This isn't really a trope (or even really worthwhile trivia) unless it's in-universe, as an enormous amount of gay characters are played by straight actors. And vice versa, an enormous amount of gay actors have played straight characters at some time or another.
  • January 4, 2013
    Duncan
    It might be interesting as trivia, since straight people playing gay roles is often considered Oscar Bait- Winners include William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Tom Hanks (Philadelphia), Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry), Charlize Theron (Monster), Sean Penn (Milk), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), and recently Christopher Plummer (Beginners).

    Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall were both nominated for Brokeback Mountain, but didn't win; same for Greg Kinnear for As Good As It Gets.

    There are some Unfortunate Implications, as it's somewhat analagous to Inspirationally Disadvantaged in that way.
  • January 4, 2013
    KJMackley
    I would say the only thing that might work is a Fake Orientation so that we can get the other side of the coin with gay actors playing straight characters. By itself I don't see much point to this, especially as I can see it being used just as a complaining trope ("cast gay actors for gay roles because they're gay, not because they're actually good actors!").
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