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Downton Abbey's Rob James-Collier: 'I Found It Easier' to Kiss a Man


British TV presenter Jonathan Ross spoke with Downton Abbey footman Rob James-Collier about his gay storyline on the series, and asked if he found kissing men harder than kissing women on screen.

Said James-Collier:

"I found it easier.The way I was thinking was that if you kiss a girl you worry about: 1) How big her boyfriend is; 2) Is he in the building watching and is he going to kick the s**t out of you?; and 3) What is my missus going to think of it? So we went to the BFI for a big unveiling on the cinema screen, and the missus knew it (the kiss) was coming, and we were all sitting watching it and I thought 'Nice one, she can't accuse me of anything', and the missus turned to me and said 'You've never kissed me like that'."

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  1. haha, a good one.

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Nov 1, 2013 2:24:47 PM

  2. All well and good but I hope the days when actors get asked this question like it's a big deal are swiftly coming to an end. I kissed girls in plays all the time when I was a student. It was perfectly pleasant.

    Posted by: Chaz | Nov 1, 2013 2:33:38 PM

  3. The 'missus' has a sense of humour.

    Posted by: Gus | Nov 1, 2013 2:36:22 PM

  4. That's can't win.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 1, 2013 2:38:33 PM

  5. Apparently, he needs direction.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 1, 2013 2:48:20 PM

  6. I'd find it pretty easy to kiss him, too!

    Posted by: Jack M | Nov 1, 2013 2:51:45 PM

  7. This is a convoluted way to have a straight actor pride himself on how easy it is to kiss a guy. Wasn't this the scene were the character kissed was horrified at another man kissing him? Hardly romantic.

    Posted by: will | Nov 1, 2013 2:57:04 PM

  8. Love it! Can't wait for the next season!

    Posted by: Rad | Nov 1, 2013 3:02:52 PM

  9. Well, maybe it never FELT like that when he was doing it . . .

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 1, 2013 3:20:05 PM

  10. I really like this guy. That's hilarious.

    Posted by: sundayboy | Nov 1, 2013 3:28:12 PM

  11. Funny.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Nov 1, 2013 3:58:29 PM

  12. Funny, indeed. It reminds me of a vaguely homophobic brother-in-law who, according to his wife (my sister), joined my sister and his brother at a gay bar. Said b-i-l was annoyed that no one wanted to dance with him.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Nov 1, 2013 4:21:39 PM

  13. "The way I was thinking was that if you kiss a girl you worry about: 1) How big her boyfriend is..."

    For some reason, I thought he was talking the girl's BF's "package".

    Posted by: Sam | Nov 1, 2013 5:15:43 PM

  14. Uh, Rob... I think the missus might have a few things to worry about. She may have given you a child, but you and Allen Leech make a cuter couple:

    Posted by: Ruddigore | Nov 1, 2013 6:10:10 PM

  15. Lol

    Posted by: Kissyfur | Nov 1, 2013 6:38:20 PM

  16. "You're right, Hon, I never kissed you like that, but then you never gave me a BJ like he did."

    Posted by: Voet | Nov 1, 2013 7:17:57 PM

  17. The girl who plays Annie prefers cats, yet she's so convincing as a dog owner on stage. How does she do it?

    Posted by: verbocityeric | Nov 2, 2013 2:27:48 AM

  18. I am so sick of "not-gay" actors playing gay characters.

    Posted by: Endora | Nov 2, 2013 12:14:42 PM

  19. Actually, I'm just sick of not-gay-until-old-age actors in general.

    Posted by: Endora | Nov 2, 2013 12:15:24 PM

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