John Lithgow has been in Utah at the Sundance Film Festival to help present his latest movie to the world – Love Is Strange – in which he plays one half of a gay couple (the other half is Alfred Molina) who’ve just gotten married. However when their nuptials result in him losing him job, they ironically end up having to live apart. Ira Sachs (Keep The Lights On) directs.
He definitely has a lot of admiration for the movie, and when talking to Huffpo said “I was so excited about doing this film because I wouldn’t have to do any acting,” as his character is so complete and fulfilled.
He also hopes the film becomes a success and can do its bit to create fuller acceptance of gay people. Talking to TheDailyBeast, he says, “Everybody is related to some gay person. Everybody has a gay person who’s a good friend and a lot of people don’t even realize it because, culturally, it’s a covert thing. And that’s wrong. Nobody in society should have to hide who they are, or feel like they’re second class citizens in any way. It makes me feel good that if this film is seen by a lot of people and is successful, it will nudge those people in the direction of acceptance. There’s nothing wrong with accepting people’s homosexuality. It doesn’t do any damage. All it does is treat people with more respect than they’ve culturally been accustomed to.”
Love Is Strange premiered at Sundance on January 18th and should be in cinemas later this year.