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James Purefoy on Gay Sex: Never Say Never

PurefoyFans of rugged Brit actor James Purefoy, who plays the metal-clad Marc Antony in Rome, has left things open regarding the types of sexual situations which appeal to him.

Page Six reports that the actor tells Out magazine in a cover story that he'll "never say never" when it comes to sex:

"Anyone who went to an English [private] school in the 1970s will have had some kind of a gay experience. You bang 500 adolescent hormonal boys together at exactly the time when they're exploring their sexuality, and don't be surprised if some shenanigan comes out of it."

Purefoy has already played the object of a gay man's lust on screen, in Rose Troche's 1998 film Bedrooms & Hallways...

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  1. I'm probably disclosing way more than I ought to, but doesn't Mr. Purefoy look like Pavel Novotny in the linked article?

    Mr. Purefoy's statement reminds me of my army days when my training officer, at the language school (a REALLY hot major), told me: "I'm not gay...yet. I'll never rule anything out." That was in the 70's and he convinced me to go to Esalon for a weekend. No wonder I'm screwed up.

    Posted by: JT | Dec 15, 2006 9:13:01 AM

  2. Good on ya James. Compare that to Stallone over in AICN who said that "showering with a fellow member of the same sex makes me repulsed and very uncomfortable".

    The question was "Hey Sly, I was just wondering if showering with Kurt Russell has been the highlight of your career up to this point."


    Posted by: EireKev | Dec 15, 2006 9:15:02 AM

  3. I admire the honesty in his statement. And he's hot, too!

    BTW: That is not Pavel Novotney (though equally as hot). http://p8.xtube.com/watch.php?v=faCxqB1ENKj&cl=Xwpt9zPCJ6h&a=200606080525_cRdy&b=d5kG4gG8vwM&s=G&geo_countrycode=US&geo_latitude=41.4796&geo_longitude=-71.3204&sstr=lrf|OnerOrne2|1|1|T|r754qons878r7o27331r0317811q215q


    Posted by: Rad | Dec 15, 2006 9:27:19 AM

  4. Eirekev,

    I've all but sworn off AICN due to the fact that it seems to be run by uber geeks who are so far up the asses of their idols they can't be even minded about film. Their sloppy boot licking of Stallone was the last straw.

    Re Stallone's comment about showering... I again quote the movie "The Opposite of Sex"... straight guys don't spend a lot of time thinking about naked soapy men. So if it bothers Stallone that much, maybe the rumors about him are true.

    Kudos to Purefoy for being honest. It seems many many adolescent males engage in same sex experimentation. Most go on to be straight. I never did....and I went on to be gay.

    So it provides another possible attributor to homophobia: shame or embarrassment about one's gay experimentation in youth.

    Posted by: mark m | Dec 15, 2006 9:36:09 AM

  5. What honesty. It's marketing. Anyone who talks about their sexuality to the press is simply marketing themselves. By communicating "never say never" he has opened up a whole new group of potential fans, the ones that read this site and wish all straight men were gay.

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 15, 2006 9:37:07 AM

  6. Very interesting. I still can't get his nude scene in Rome out of my mind. It is burned into my memory.

    Posted by: Donald | Dec 15, 2006 9:37:47 AM

  7. What honesty. It's marketing. Anyone who talks about their sexuality to the press is simply marketing themselves. By communicating "never say never" he has opened up a whole new group of potential fans. So simple that it insults.

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 15, 2006 9:37:54 AM

  8. Consider a statistic I read years ago that is provocative in several directions: Due to the incidence of engagement in homosexual sex reported by the up-to 90% heterosexual majority population (most, naturally, in adolesecence or in college), straights are in fact responsible for more sexual activity between members of the same sex than gays.

    Posted by: Rascal | Dec 15, 2006 9:53:22 AM

  9. I agree completely Mark M. Generally I just check the headlines on AICN and skim the odd story. Loads of homophobic comments from the posters as well.

    As for adolescent experimentation, two friends and I fooled around one day when we were 13 (we decided to act out gay porn). They were fully erect the whole time. I, who wasn't as developed as them, turned out gay. They, apparently, did not. It was never mentioned again. But you can bet I wanted a repeat!

    Posted by: EireKev | Dec 15, 2006 10:00:35 AM

  10. "What honesty. It's marketing. Anyone who talks about their sexuality to the press is simply marketing themselves. By communicating 'never say never' he has opened up a whole new group of potential fans, the ones that read this site and wish all straight men were gay."

    Been around Hollywood much? Everything that a celebrity says to the press can be construed (and probably is) marketing. So what? I'd far prefer a celebrity who is secure and open-minded enough to dare to say such things, to one that will rather market himself only to the homophobic crowd.

    Posted by: Colin | Dec 15, 2006 11:22:05 AM

  11. I'm just surprised Rome is still on the air. I thought it had been canceled.

    Posted by: RP | Dec 15, 2006 11:27:27 AM

  12. Mark,

    I'm as cynical as the next guy but "honesty" and "marketing" do not have to be mutually exclusive.

    Who gives a rip why he said it. I'm glad he did. Nothing insulting about it all unless you're looking under every rock for something to insult you.

    Posted by: mark m | Dec 15, 2006 11:52:42 AM

  13. Bang 500 hormonal boys... at the same time?

    I had a dream like that once...

    Posted by: M@ | Dec 15, 2006 12:23:02 PM

  14. M@, is that you Mark Foley? :p

    Posted by: RP | Dec 15, 2006 12:25:47 PM

  15. >>> What honesty. It's marketing.<<<

    Y'all one bitter, cynical queen.

    Posted by: kusala | Dec 15, 2006 12:34:23 PM

  16. I'll be renting 'Bedrooms and Hallways' this weekend...damn that Marc Antony is HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: peterparker | Dec 15, 2006 12:47:58 PM

  17. OMG, it's a straight man! *kiss feet* *drool* You people do this ALL THE TIME!

    Mark, had it right. It is marketing. His management knows that you people will shell out money or watch him now that he said that. He would NEVER say that on Letterman or Leno or any other mainstream program. This is what happens with every straight actor that talks to a gay publication. They say "I'm ok with gays" or "Kissing Robert was fun" and you people go crazy. It's all an effort to get YOUR money.

    Posted by: Jack | Dec 15, 2006 1:27:35 PM

  18. There are all kinds of marketing - hateful marketing and responsible marketing, for example. I'd much rather James Purefoy market himself as gay-friendly than Mel Gibson market himself as someone who hates gays and Jewish people... etc.

    Lots of people market themselves to the NASCAR crowd, instead of trying to get the type of appeal that could make the NASCAR crowd realize there's nothing wrong with being gay.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 15, 2006 1:36:54 PM

  19. Ryan, they say one thing (I'm ok with gays etc.) and every gay person treats them like their savior. Give me a break.

    Saying you like gay people doesn't mean you actually like gay people.

    Posted by: Jack | Dec 15, 2006 1:43:24 PM

  20. James Purefoy’s full frontal nude scene in Rome proved he is one of the biggest actors around. The sight of his fat cock with floppy balls is probably the best moment on television ever.

    Posted by: ggreen | Dec 15, 2006 2:12:05 PM

  21. Ok, just so I have it clearly laid out for me....

    When straights say pro-gay things, they are manipulating me for my money. When straights ignore me they are marginalizing me. And when straights say anti-gay things, they are targeting me with bigotry.

    Is there ever a time I am supposed to be ok with what comes out of a straight person's mouth? Just wanna be sure 'cause I'm getting the picture that every straight man either hates me and doesn't want my money, or hates me and wants my money.


    Posted by: mark m | Dec 15, 2006 3:16:41 PM

  22. As Beyonce whould sing, "To the left, to the left......."

    I think our community should spend more time building its own team than seeking "straight" people to validate them. So many of you guys on this site are pathetic. Yeah, I'm talking about you.

    Everyone with half a brain knows is the "#####" thing to do in saying you are open minded. I'd say the same thing if I wanted the straight chicks to buy my movie tickets........and they would!

    Posted by: Brett | Dec 15, 2006 3:17:45 PM

  23. As a gay man that went to said English boarding schools (mine was Stowe) during the 70s and early 80s I can affirm that yes, indeed, there was some proclivities, but I never kiss and tell.

    Posted by: Gary | Dec 15, 2006 3:41:23 PM

  24. Brett

    great post

    There are an infinite number of HOT, sexy, inteligent, open, honest, and proud gay men for us to lust after instead of all these straight guys whose PR teams come up with inocouis (spell check) statements to suck our dollars out of our wallets

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Dec 15, 2006 3:50:33 PM

  25. innocuous

    Posted by: Anon | Dec 15, 2006 3:56:36 PM

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