June 1, 2010

“Everyone has to go, everyone has to go. Where does everyone go when they have to go?”

I know that straight people can play gay (hello, Jennifer Beals) and that gay people can play straight (hello, Portia DeRossi). But a film is an illusion. When you know that in real life, that girl prefers hot dogs to tacos (or vice versa), the illusion is harder to sustain.

On the other hand, there is an extra depth when gay-plays-gay. Think of Gia. There is something about a lesbian superstar model portrayed by a bisexual superstar actress. Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Gia Carangi is more convincing because we can see something of real-Gia in real-Angelina: destructiveness, attractiveness, fame, and, yes, the girl sex.

And it doesn’t hurt that Jolie has some talent to pull this off this role. Megan Fox, who on the surface has all the same advantages, wouldn’t be half as convincing.

Next post: more womentales!


One Response to “Gia”

  1. Nic said

    I totally agree… Angelina makes a good role here, feels very real. And I totally love linda… deeply…

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