Billy Crystal on gay TV characters: ‘It’s just pushing it a little too far’

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Billy Crystal Clarifies Sex on TV Remarks.

The When Harry Met Sally star made pointed remarks about the current state of sex on television, as he appeared on the Television Critics Association’s press tour panel to promote his new TV show, The Comedians. Hollywood’s Billy Crystal — who crossed cultural divides by playing an openly gay man on the long-running series “Soap” — said that television storylines were perhaps pushing it a little too far when it comes to portraying the homosexual side of life in shows.

Crystal then added: “I see it and I just hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face, well, that sounds terrible to the point of it just feels like an everyday kind of thing.” Although the Analyze This star declined to name the shows he was referring too, raunchy sex scenes in Game of Thrones, True Blood and Russell Tovey’s comedy Looking have caused a stir in recent years. “It was very difficult at the time – Jodie was really the first recurring [gay] character on network television and it was a different time, it was 1977,” he said.

He said: “When it gets too far either visually…now, that world exists because it does for the hetero world, it exists, and I don’t want to see that either.” THR had several staffers attending the session and, in a room full of about 200 members of the media, none of those present had a follow-up remark for Crystal, or asked the actor to clarify his comments in the subsequent post-session interview. I love that if we were it was I have to say we, because Susan Harris wrote him, and Paul Witt and Tony Thomas and Jay Sandrich and an amazing cast of that show supported me and let me play those scenes, helped me play those scenes with some sort of courage, in a front of a live audience.

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