Will & Grace Star Defends Straight Actors in Gay Roles

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Eric McCormack, you might know him as the man who played Will Truman in the big TV show Will and Grace. Some people are unhappy with straight actors taking on gay roles in movies or television series these days. 

In an interview aired on Good Morning Britain, a talk show on the news site Deadline, Eric McCormack mentioned how heterosexual actors pretending to be homosexuals had been an issue for some time now. 

He won an award for his role in Will and Grace, so he believed that actors should not stick to their personalities.

It is hard for me, says McCormack, “because I didn’t become an actor just to play myself—every role I’ve ever done has been someone I’m not; it’s part of the job.” 

Without gay performers playing heterosexual roles, Broadway would not survive.

Nevertheless, McCormack discussed his high regard for the LGBTQ+ community. He also hopes that his character depicts this community well enough. In his early jobs, he made friends with a number of gay people who helped him become a better actor.

“I came out of theatre school, and all my best friends were gay men,” said McCormack. “So I think I tried to capture their spirit and their message in what was otherwise just a funny TV show, and I hope I showed them well.”

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At this point, the interviewer wanted to know what McCormack thought about the possibility of being cast as Will today if Will & Grace were newly premiered. The actor hesitated, believing that he would be asked whether he was a homosexual man when he auditioned. 

Yet, still, McCormack maintained his idea that whoever performs best at auditioning for any particular character ought to get the part despite their sexual identity.

“I suppose they’d have to say in casting, ‘And you’re gay, right?’ Which I don’t believe they can say,” responded McCormack. “I have to imagine that in most cases, it’s just going to come down to who walks into the room and nails it.”

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