Billy Crystal: Gay Scenes On TV Sometimes ‘Too Much For Me’

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Billy Crystal Explains TV Return in ‘The Comedians’.

The 66-year-old actor made the touchy comments at the Television Critics Association press tour in California Sunday while promoting his new show, “Comedians.” Musing about playing an openly gay man in the ’70s sitcom “Soap,” Crystal said that TV shows today sometimes contain gay storylines that are “too much for me,” The Wrap reported. “Sometimes, it’s just pushing it a little too far for my taste and I’m not going to reveal to you which ones they are,” the “City Slickers” actor said. The 66-year-old Hollywood appeared in plenty of classic features throughout his 40-year career, including The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally… “To be honest, this is a terrible thing to say,” Billy told. “I am so happy doing this show, if I never made another movie, I’d feel bad, but not terrible because at this point of my life and my career, I get everything I want in this show. “I write a little bit, I produce a little bit, I have [co-star Josh].Billy Crystal was one of the first actors to play a gay character on television, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t wary of some of the gay content that ends up on the small screen.and Josh Gad’s FX buddy comedy, The Comedians, got a series order back almost a year ago — but not much has been said, or revealed, about the project since. Later, he added, “I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face… to the point where it feels like an everyday kind of thing,” according to The Wrap. “Jodie was really the first recurring (gay) character on network television and it was a different time, it was 1977.

Crystal, who once himself starred as a gay man on the ’70s TV series soap, said he found that experience awkward at times, due to people’s reactions to his homosexuality onscreen: It was very difficult at the time. However, Crystal’s remarks on LGBT scenes were met with hostility online, with users asking what the “proper amount” of exposure is that gay people should have on TV. Based on a Swedish series, it also stars “The Wedding Ringer” star Josh Gad as a younger comedian who gets paired up with Crystal’s aging showbiz vet for a late-night sketch show. I just think that it’s just like the perfect kind of thing right now.” “I’ve been in front of people since 1974 or so,” he noted. “I think people have a certain assumption of me, they feel like they know me…but when we decided to play ourselves, it also came with the caveat [of making fun of themselves]. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters and storylines can be seen in popular shows like “Looking,” “Modern Family,” “Empire,” “Transparent,” “Orange is the New Black,” “American Horror Story” and “Glee.” Earlier this month, comedian Kevin Hart also sounded off on gay roles in Hollywood. “I can’t [play a gay character] because I don’t think I’m really going to dive into that role 100 percent, because of the insecurities about myself trying to play that part,” he told hosts of the Breakfast Club on New York’s Power 105.1. “What I think people are going to think while I’m trying to do this is going to stop me from playing that part the way I’m supposed to.”

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