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Russell Tovey's Closeted Gay Footballer and 'Pass' Co-Star Gary Carr Do Some Male Bonding: PHOTOS


Russell Tovey, who has a role in the upcoming HBO gay drama Looking, is also currently starring in a play at London's Royal Court Theatre called The Pass, about a gay celebrity footballer. He's joined by Gary Carr, who appears in the new season of Downton Abbey.

Wrote the Evening Standard in a recent interview:

Arguably Tovey should be in LA, capitalising on his newly raised profile, but he’s been waiting a year to play footballer Jason in The Pass, directed by John Tiffany (Once, Let the Right One In).

“I did an early reading and thought the script was brilliant. The writer, John Donnelly, is straight but fascinated by homophobia in football.”

Via three hotel rooms, the play charts Jason’s journey to becoming a Beckham-style superstar. In the first act we see 17-year-old Jason and Ade (played by Downton’s Gary Carr) the night before they make their first team debut. As they banter about girls and sex, a chemistry develops. But is it just Jason’s tactic to outmanoeuvre his rival?

“You don’t want to say it’s a play about a gay footballer because Jason may be gay but he doesn’t identify himself as such,” says Tovey of his closeted character. “So it’s a play about how he’s betrayed friendship and signed a pact with the devil for his career. He’s not sad because he’s gay. He’s f--ked up, and it’s his choice.”

Check out some more promo photos from the production and an interview with Tovey and Carr as well as writer John Donnelly and director John Tiffany, AFTER THE JUMP...











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  1. Very sexy..

    Posted by: Shannon | Jan 16, 2014 2:23:45 PM

  2. Love him!

    Posted by: David | Jan 16, 2014 2:25:51 PM

  3. Russell Tovey is HOT! And not a bad actor, either! And yes, he should come to LA & NYC- he can have a career in US film & theater.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jan 16, 2014 2:39:15 PM

  4. I just wish BBC America didn't blur him out as a naked werewolf in Being Human (the real version)

    Posted by: steven | Jan 16, 2014 4:46:42 PM

  5. Wow, I hope I can make it to London to see this play.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Jan 17, 2014 8:33:04 AM

  6. He could play Jughead when The Archies come to the big screen.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Jan 20, 2014 6:27:02 AM

  7. He's a very erudite young fellow. I followed him on T for a time and he actually had things to say (sometimes) that weren't prattle.

    Posted by: MuchMuchMunching | Jan 22, 2014 1:48:46 PM

  8. My favorite roles of Tovey's are still George the werewolf, Midshipman Alonzo Frame, and the guy in the Baskerville episode of Sherlock.

    But my favorite line of his was from the last David Tennant episode of Doctor who, The End of Time.

    Captain Jack gets his name from the Doctor, and introduces himself. Alonzo asks how he knows his name, and Jacks says he's "psychic." At which point Alonzo says, "Do you know what I'm thinking?"

    Jack says, "OH YEAH!"

    Posted by: Kevin | Feb 17, 2014 5:16:02 PM

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