Writer Bret Easton Ellis Stirs Controversy With Comments About Potential ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Actor

Aug 10, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Novelist Bret Easton Ellis stepped into a controversy this week with a series of tweets focused on what Easton Ellis sees as a problem with actor Matt Borner potentially being cast in a film version of the bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

TV Guide reports that Easton Ellis, the author of “Less Than Zero,” says Borner shouldn’t be given the role of Christian Grey in the movie because Borner is gay.

Easton Ellis was apparently responding to Internet buzz among fans who think Borner would be perfect in the role. He tweeted multiple times, saying, "Matt Bomer is totally hot and a very good actor. He is NOT right for Christian Grey and it complicates the role. … I don’t care how good an actor you are but being married to another man complicates things for playing CG."

Easton Ellis asserted that he was not discriminating against Bomer’s sexuality, but he was insistent that the part of Grey had to be played by "an intensely straight actor wanting absolutely to screw Ana Steele … the most popular book on the planet having Matt Bomer — a gay actor — play Christian Grey is absolutely ludicrous. Why?"

Bomer had no response to TVGuide.com’s request for comment. The publication points out that currently the openly gay Neil Patrick Harris is playing a very straight character on "How I Met Your Mother." Bomer is also playing a straight man on USA Network’s "White Collar."

In another tweet, Easton Ellis wrote: "I actually think it’s cool that women want Matt Bomer as Christian Grey. It means that we’ve moved beyond stereotypes and that gay is hot … I think Matt Bomer is incredibly handsome and a good actor but I think he comes off totally gay in White Collar. And that is why no to CG … Look, all actors are GAY: they put on make up and pretend to be someone else. That’s just a fact. Rock and roll. Deal with it.”

Wrapping up his tweets on the topic, he wrote: "Final word: there is no way in hell that the makers of Fifty Shades of Grey will hire an openly gay actor to play Christian Grey. Period."


  1. I’m sorry. Bret Easton who? Was someone talking just now? You wrote American Psycho how many years ago? And something else? What have you written in this century? Anything? Bueller?

  2. If he’d written anything directly for TELEVISION, of which this is supposed to be a publication primarily devoted, somebody /might/ pay attention… might.

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