Not too many years ago straight actors were being praised for being ‘brave’ for playing a single gay role, but then never playing an LGBT part ever again – partly because agents thought two gay roles would harm someone’s career. Now though we have people like Armie Hammer, who’s played several gay roles and is currently has two of them back to back, with the acclaimed Cale Me By Your Name and the Stanley Tucci written and directed biopic Final Portrait.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘FINAL PORTRAIT is the story of the touching and offbeat friendship between American writer and art-lover James Lord and Alberto Giacometti, as seen through Lord’s eyes and revealing unique insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and sometimes the chaos of the artistic process. Set in 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, Lord is asked by his friend, Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, promises Giacometti, will take only a few days and so Lord agrees — ultimately wondering “how much longer can it go on like this?”’
Lord was gay, although this was only revealed publicly in his obituary after he died in 2009. The film is already out on DVD in the UK, and will be released in US cinemas on March 23rd.