Friday, November 19, 2004

He's not gay, he's just in a fraternity...

Well, Alexander isn't even out yet and there is plenty of controversy. The first wave is over whether Oliver Stone's new movie is too gay or not gay enough. There seems to be a consensus between scholars that while Alexander had 3 wives and a son, he was in love with Hephestaestion and kept a persian eunuch, Bagoas, as a concubine. One of the philosophers wrote, "Alexander was defeated once in his life, and that was by Hephaestion's thighs."

There are no love scenes with Hephaestion, played by Jared Leto, which is quite unfortunate because I would love to see Jared Leto get it on. Still, Leto is reported to have said that the movie is clear that Hephaestion is Alexander's great love, even if there is no explicit love scene between them.

Predictably, there are many in the straight community who bristle at any suggestion of homosexuality and prefer a sanitized version, like Warner Brother's previous historical epic, Troy -- in which they portray Patroclus as Achilles's cousin rather than his lover. Of course, we of the homo predilection want to see Jared Leto and Colin Farrell go at it and preserve the historical integrity of the film.

Now, a group of Greek attorneys are threatening to sue Warner Brothers and Oliver Stone because they contend that Alexander was not gay/bisexual. Read the article here. They are quoted as saying, "We have not seen the film but from the information we have already there are references to his alleged homosexuality, a fact that is in no historical document or archive on Alexander." They must have missed that reference to "Hephaestion's thighs..." I'm sure Liberace's parents didn't believe he was gay, either.


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