1. MaryM says

    The 2 main actors are heterosexual of course.

    There is no excuse for casting straight actors in gay roles.

    Unless you believe it is OK for white actors to play black roles of course

    We need to start getting vocal about this.

    The movie industry (and not just Hollywood) clearly has issues with gay people. It is all too convenient for them to blame the public for being unaccepting of openly gay actors. Until we start holding their feet to the fire this will not change.

  2. JonB says

    Looks beautiful. Can’t wait to see it.

    But what’s with these assholes who always post completely inane trolly comments? I feel like therapy is a better way to deal with their issues.

  3. MaryM says

    Eugene – clearly it is OK for straight actors to play gay roles – which is why the VAST majority of gay roles are played by straight actors.

    It is NOT OK for an openly gay actor to play a gay or a straight role.

    Gay actors are expected to remain closeted.

    it is changing slightly but to encourage Hollywood and the film industry to get over its institutional homophobia we need to ask WHY these movies insist on casting straight actors in gay roles.

    If it is unacceptable for a white actor to play a black role (and Angelina Jolie found out that it was when she was in The Mighty Heart) then equally it is unacceptable for these 2 heteros to play these parts.

  4. spg says

    I think the idea that acting roles must or should be restricted by sexual identity in real life is absurd. The point of being an actor is to express the art of the scripts writer, guided by cast and director to channel a vision of someone who is not you. Acting at it’s finest is not only a skill but an art form. One’s waking life/sexuality should have no baring on role. What of ourselves can we see in the performance is what matters. I think the life story of YSL is important in that it has something to teach about the human condition. I for one don’t care who plays the role, but rather I care about how it moves us as a community.

  5. UFFDA says

    The life of a man – a creature – as exotic and gifted as Yves Saint Laurent has got to be of the greatest interest. I hope it has been done with enough genius of its own to give us some measure of substantive insight into the origins of Laurent’s kind of genius beyond the splendor of his work.

  6. Marshall says

    Like many issues, the answer is somewhere in the middle. No one wants to prevent gay actors from playing straight roles so of course it has to be acceptable for straight actors to play gay roles. That said, as an audience member, it is tiring that gay roles don’t go to gay actors more often. It’s also tiring that straight actors can get so much praise for playing gay. It’s not that difficult to play out of your sexuality, closeted actors have been doing it forever.

  7. MIke says

    Listening to Puccini’s “Vissi D’Arte” there made me wonder why no one has filmed his life story. When “Madama Butterfly” premiered the story is the audience practically booed him out of the opera house, and his family fled before it was over.

    Movies always turn to Puccini for “seriousness” or “class”.

  8. Kylian says

    @marshall: how refreshing to read a balanced and objective opinion! I agree with all what you say, except one sentence. I saw the movie in Paris last month, it’s a beautiful movie about the early years of YSL, until the mid-seventies. The only part where I disagree with you is that (as an audience member)I really didn’t care about the sexuality of the actors, they were amazing and conveyed brilliantly the love between Pierre Bergé and YSL. Here, in Europe, they were praised for their acting and for the uncanny resemblance (looks, voice, manners) they managed to achieve, especially Pierre Niney; nobody praised the fact that a straight actor could play a gay character because frankly, who cares ? (at least here, it seems to be different in the States). Fun fact: this movie was made with the help of Pierre Bergé but there is a second biopic coming out in a few months here, made without Bergé. It’s gonna be inresting to see another perspective on the same subject. ps: sorry for the mistakes, I’m french speaking 😉

  9. says

    Yves Saint Laurent was a God. What’s called “fashion” today is Trash compared to the beauty he created. His designs are timeless. Stunning yet practical.

    Among his other achievements the careers he created for black fashion models. He found black women to be beautiful and therefore broke the color barrier practically single-handedly.

    Needless to say he had his problems, particularly as regards drugs. But he was a great artist and left a great legacy — exemplified by one of his most sublime inspirations Catherine Deneuve.

  10. Alessar says

    What a beautiful-looking movie. I’m really interested to learn this story and I’m glad the lover was involved so it’s at least accurate from his perspective.

  11. MaryM says

    My attitude remains the same – until an openly gay actor can play straight roles then straight actors should not be playing gay roles.

    Is everyone here comfortable with the idea of white actors playing black roles? If not then why not?

  12. MarymSTINKSMonekyBalls says

    I too saw Jalil Lespert’s Yves Saint Laurent and I will respectfully disagree with you KYLIAN on Pierre Bergé’s role in the movie.

    Lespert’s Yves Saint Laurent with Gallienne and Niney was good but not great.

    It was told from Bergé’s perspective and for anyone who has lived in France long enough knows how much Bergé is an arsehole and tyrannical and it was no different this time.He gave Lespert permission to the YSL collection and access to 1 apartment but with conditions and he didn’t want certain things about he and Yves to be told which limited Lespert as a director which made for a weak script imo and in the opinions of a LOT of critics,French and foreign.

    The clothes and decor and the actors are brilliant but it is told from Pierre’s perspective.

    Pierre comes out looking great;strong;helpful;faithful;brilliant and Yves a pathetic crazy weak junkie

    Yes Yves Saint Laurent suffered from mental issues;did drugs;alcohol and orgies galore but Pierre Bergé was no saint as he is portrayed

    So much of YSL’s life was not touched upon like his relationship with his mother/sisters and how much of a visionary he was.

    This was more about Pierre Bergé with Pierre Bergé’s approval and the movie was basically narrated by Gallienne playing Bergé which was creepy.

    Catherine Deneuve was never mentioned, Betty Catroux and Loulou de la Falaise played by de Villepin and Le Bon were weak.

    Karl Lagerfeld and Jacques de Bascher were barely mentioned

    Yves Saint Laurent introducing black models never mentioned.

    I am instead waiting for the other movie on Yves Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello that was made without Bergé’s approval called “Saint Laurent”. Bonello is a better director and screened past his movies at the Cannes Film Festival already and this “Saint Laurent” was selected for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Palme D’Or and the Queer Palme.

    Bertrand Bonello’s cast is even better and doesn’t rely on just 2 actors like Lespert in Gallienne and Niney who looks just like Yves.

    Bonello has Gaspard Ulliel (Yves Saint Laurent),louis Garrel (Jacques de Bascher),the 2013 Palme D’Or winner from Blue Is The Warmest Color and 2014 BAFTA nominee Léa Seydoux,Dardenne brothers regular Jeremie Renier as Pierre Bergé,Amira Casar,openly bisexual Austrian actor Helmut Berger and most of all the script is written by Bonello and Golden Globe nominee for Rust and Bone (Marion Cotillard) and A Prophet Thomas Bidegain.

    The French public loved Lespert’s version but the French movie industry and foreign critics are waiting for Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” that is scheduled to come out October 1st,2014 .

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