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Reese Witherspoon to Play a Gay Actor's 'Beard' in New Comedy

Reese Witherspoon is set to play a role played by a number of real-life Hollywood women, a romantic comedy called The Beard, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

WitherspoonChernin Entertainment has dipped into its discretionary fund to pick up the project, a spec script by Becca Greene.

Witherspoon will star in the project and produce with Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping of Cherinin Entertainment and Mason Novick.

While it might be tempting to see a story about Witherspoon growing facial hair, the “beard” in the title refers to a member of the opposite sex -- usually a woman -- who acts as a date for a gay person, giving the illusion the person isn’t gay. Story details were not revealed.

Do you think she's going to draw from experience?

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  1. Sounds like it could be funny.

    Posted by: Byron St. James | Aug 13, 2012 10:25:30 AM

  2. Why is it that gay men are suitable only for comedies? How about dramas, romances etc? Hollywood is garbage, and continues to treat us as comic side-kicks or objects of laughter.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Hollywood's homophobia is on a par with the Religious Right.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 13, 2012 10:26:46 AM

  3. What kinds of gay films should Hollywood be making "Jason"? Got any ideas?

    (Can't WAIT to hear this.)

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 13, 2012 10:45:35 AM

  4. All right, Jason. When they do the Jeffrey Dahmer Story will you be satisfied? Be kinda' hard to turn Dahmer's life and deeds into a musical comedy.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 13, 2012 10:55:37 AM

  5. Reese Witherspoon looks nothing like Katie Holmes...
    altho perhaps she's doing a Kelly Preston.

    Posted by: bALAN | Aug 13, 2012 11:16:00 AM

  6. Well, just an FYI, they have made musicals out of murderers: "Chicago", Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins", "Sweeney Todd" or dramas like "Rope" and "Strangers on a Train".

    BTW, wouldn't this new movie almost be Reese's autobiography?

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Aug 13, 2012 11:46:18 AM

  7. I do get where Jason is coming from but you have to remember that Hollywood produces films they think will cater to a particular audience. Sorry to say the gay male niche is not the biggest demographic.

    Posted by: terry | Aug 13, 2012 11:54:40 AM

  8. woodroad34 has it right. Call the closeted actor "Jake" and you've got a documentary instead of fiction.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 13, 2012 11:58:35 AM

  9. LOL, would she use her marriage with Ryan Philippe or her marriage with Jim Toth? Just kidding!

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Aug 13, 2012 12:18:09 PM

  10. Will Jake Gyllenhaal costar?

    Posted by: dc | Aug 13, 2012 12:24:05 PM

  11. Didn't Doris Day do this in the 50's and 60's? I could see her as a contemporary Doris Day. However, given her reputation, this casting is either inspired or ironic.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 13, 2012 1:00:57 PM

  12. I'm with Jason on this one: why is this not a drama?? It sounds sad, not light-hearted. Why is it not a drama??

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Aug 13, 2012 1:12:30 PM

  13. Ummmm they made a movie about Jeffrey Dahmer and it starred Jeremy Renner. I do agree that gays shouldn't be seen as only comedy side pieces, but I'm sure one day we will get serious films like action, horror or sci-fi starring an openly gay lead

    Posted by: Kris Avalon | Aug 13, 2012 1:31:18 PM

  14. "Ummmm they made a movie about Jeffrey Dahmer and it starred Jeremy Renner"

    Wow, you're right, Kris. I remember now. It was based on the Broadway musical "The Singing Cannibal," wasn't it?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 13, 2012 1:39:00 PM

  15. What could be a deep satirical look at closeted actors in Hollywood, and the people that keep them closeted, probably won't be as long as Reese Witherspoon is involved. I hope I'm wrong because this premise is ripe for exploration.

    Posted by: ludsa | Aug 13, 2012 4:20:43 PM

  16. It's a potentially funny premise ( but wouldn't it be nice if Hollywood produced a gay romantic comedy instead...?)

    Posted by: jaragon | Aug 13, 2012 6:37:15 PM

  17. @Jason: I do get tired of comedies in which the mere fact that a character is gay is supposed to be an easy punchline. But your conspiracy theory about Hollywood, as always, does not hold up to scrutiny.
    Out of all the male actors nominated for the Screen Actors Guild awards for a leading role, since 2005, 5 out of 35 have been gay characters (all of them in dramas). Out of the 7 winners since 2005, two have been gay characters, again both in dramas.

    Posted by: GregV | Aug 13, 2012 6:56:35 PM

  18. Jason, you obviously haven't watched to many movies about gay men. Let me list a couple that are not comedies. "Broke Back Mountain", "Philadelphia", "Torch Song Trilogy". Just to name a few. Get with the program and stop whining.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 14, 2012 11:01:51 AM

  19. Can't wait to watch the "Beard" ... It sounds funny, but I wish I could watch the "Devil Knot" first, cz I miss Reese's drama roles ...

    Posted by: Rania | Aug 15, 2012 3:53:00 AM

  20. Yeah can't wait for both movies, and Reese is a really good actress, in addition she's a very expensive one due to her academy award winning (info from

    Posted by: Sara Jessica | Aug 15, 2012 3:55:14 AM

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