Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron NyswanerÂ (right) – known for his work on Philadelphia, The Painted Veil, Ray Donovan and Homeland – has said that theÂ Ellen Page project Freeheld was âde-gayedâ by producers.
Speaking at the Vanguard Awards benefiting the Los Angeles LGBT Center last weekend, Nyswaner referred to the film, but not by name:
“One of my recent gay-themed projects had a lot of potential. But the producers became fearful. The gay characters were idealized. Their edges were smoothed out. The conflict between them was softened. Over my vigorous objections, by the way, for the record.
âGod forbid, someone might think we were making a movie about a couple of dykes. Out of fear, they were normalized. We must remember â and insist that others honor â our history and our very specific gay culture. We are the inheritors of a culture that was created from pain and invisibility. From being different.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, he added that filmmakers âneed to have the courage to insist that our gay characters are created within the fullness of their humanity with all their flaws, just like straight characters.â
He concluded by vowing he will âcreate art in which gay characters are not normalized, art that features LBGT characters who are fearless, powerful and scary motherf–kers.”
WatchÂ Nyswaner's speech, introduced by Frances McDormand,Â along with the official trailer forÂ Freeheld: