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The Anti-Kurt Hummel?


Vanity Fair talks to Cameron Monaghan, who plays gay teen Ian Gallagher on Shameless, which premieres on Showtime this Sunday.

Antihummel So let’s talk about this role: Ian Gallagher. For the folks who haven’t seen eleven-hundred previews for the show, Ian is clearly meant to be a bit…incendiary, sort of the anti–Kurt Hummel.

He’s the anti-stereotype. He never does anything that’s stereotypically perceived as “gay”. He’s tough, he’s street smart, and he’s pretty much unlike any gay teenager on television right now.

That’s for sure! He smokes, he relishes porn, he’s in the R.O.T.C., and he’s having lots of sex—some of it with his married, Muslim boss. I think he’s great. But what did you think when you read the pilot?

When I first got the sides, it was definitely a little shocking seeing the content and the language. So at first I was like, What is this? It’s crazy! But it was really intriguing how no-holds-barred the situations and dialogue were. And I was so interested that I read the whole script, and I was hooked. I became a fan of the show before I was even cast.

Watch the trailer and behind-the-scenes for Shameless, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "In an unapologetic, unexpected, new series," originally produced in the UK and currently in its 8th series. Do American producers have no originality anymore?

    Posted by: cd | Jan 7, 2011 6:19:38 PM

  2. @CD,

    ...You are aware British shows are copies of American, aren't you? Do you know why American producers will use British TV concepts or buy British TV franchises? MONEY. It's cheaper to produce something that's already been created and tried. Just like it's cheaper to film in Vancouver or Toronto, Canada for a lot of TV shows and movies. The Brits and Canadians are lucky the U.S. is an English-speaking country, otherwise they'd both be out a lot of money and influence.

    ...And you are aware 'British' and American producers are mostly MULTINATIONAL, and have multinational financing?

    ...This show looks kinda stupid anyways and honestly the British version of it, as I've heard it described, sounds even more outlandish.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 7, 2011 7:25:23 PM

  3. I watched the trailer. As much as I admire William H. Macy's acting, I found nothing compelling about this show based on the trailer. It does not look like even remotely good entertainment to me.

    Posted by: james | Jan 7, 2011 7:40:43 PM

  4. "sad that kurt hummel is the only other gay youth character on tv..."

    @MLD: Kurt isn't the only one. Currently, there's also Blaine on Glee, and Teddy and Ian on 90210 (in the USA), the two football players on Degrassi (from Canada), a guy on Skins (from Britain), etc.

    Posted by: gregv | Jan 7, 2011 9:20:57 PM

  5. Also Calvin and 2 other fraternity brothers on Greek that airs on ABC Family.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 7, 2011 10:38:32 PM

  6. Also Marshall on The United States of Tara which airs on Showtime.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 7, 2011 10:40:56 PM

  7. Loved the Brit version with James McAvoy. And what about Kier Gilchrist as Marshall Gregson on United States of Tara. He plays a confused young gay man to perfection while his family is in turmoil.

    Posted by: mad1026 | Jan 7, 2011 10:56:18 PM

  8. Apparently Shameless was too ashamed to mention that Ian is gay, even in the "behind the scenes" footage.

    I hope this show isn't as bleak as it appears. Poor families "creatively" scraping by can be entertaining, even with crime and mild violence, but alcoholic single parents who leave child care to their eldest daughters while pissing away the family's limited means at bars? Not so much.

    And Rowan, if it's remotely true to life then they are eligible for and almost certainly receiving welfare assistance, including money, food (and food stamps to buy it), and a host of other goods and services provided by governments, charities, and churches. The U.S. safety net isn't as extensive as Europe's, but it exists. But if the father throws the money away on booze, not much can be done about that.

    And a (very) few areas in the U.S. provide free health care to people of limited means, including Massachusetts and San Francisco---our more liberal havens that realized it's cheaper to prevent illness than treat it (hospitals can't turn away sick people, and most poor sick people end up going to [absurdly expensive] emergency rooms once their illnesses have progressed sufficiently). And as someone mentioned, there's the federal government's Medicaid program for poor people and Medicare for senior citizens.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 7, 2011 11:51:05 PM

  9. Ugh, the US version of this show is so wrong. :(

    Posted by: namesRhard | Jan 8, 2011 1:05:24 AM

  10. I watched the first 4 series of the British version and this one looks good, but I have the same complaint that I had about the US version of "Queer as Folk": why just film the scripts from the British version? The Yank QAF's first 12 or so episodes were just the British series without the good acting. Why not use the basic premise but have original stories from the get go? (I know why, of course: saves on writers fees).

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jan 8, 2011 1:21:52 AM

  11. @Rowan.
    I live on a council estate, and we are not all Irish or travellers. Are all you still hop picking?

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Jan 8, 2011 2:43:17 AM

  12. It's AND, not OR

    Posted by: Artredriver | Jan 8, 2011 10:21:14 AM

  13. Watched the "sneak" of this and was pleasantly surprised at how well it came off . I am a RAVING FAN of the British Channel 4 series ( originally watched it on BBC America then rewatched Series on Netflix and have been following subsequent ersies on Sundance -and YES it's that good !!!!) and was afraid that it would loose it's charm and bite with a US setting-so far it looks like the Showtime version is almost 100% word for word except for the change in setting. The best part ( again just from the 'sneak" ) looks to be the strength of the ensemble cast. I still have my reservations that even the amazing William H Macy can come anywhere close to matching the heart and soul of the entire enterprise that David Threlfa's Frank Gallagher brings in the original Channel 4 . Frank can be 100% sh** face wasted and selfish but still has that loveable Irish poet quality that endears him to all.And Threlfal is also able to make you understand why women all fall for him - it's truly an amazing job of acting. Do yourself a favor check the original out on Netflix and online at Channel 4. One more note- in the British original , the police are part of the community -they live in and interact with the residents of the Chattsworth Estate ( Gov housing project) so when the bring Frank home passed out and all piss'd pants -they show a caring and understanding that just lost in the Criminal Justice System in the USA -going to be interesting to see how that pull this off.

    Posted by: slippy | Jan 8, 2011 1:14:07 PM

  14. How annoying... Yet another invariably disappointing US remake of a HIT UK show due to America's perceived monoculture (Queer As Folk, The Office, Kath & Kim, etc... Wasn't Roseanne even going to do an American Ab Fab?... quelle horreur!)

    Do yourself a favour and purchase, rent or download the originals - currently 7 & 1/2 seasons of decidedly British brilliance!

    Posted by: nudel | Jan 13, 2011 8:30:43 PM

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