American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis says casting gay actor Matt Bomer in a Fifty Shades of Grey movie would be wrong because his sexuality ‘complicates the role’.
The out Hollywood star, who was last seen baring all as a male stripper in Magic Mike, has been rumored to play Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of E L James’s erotic bestseller.
However, not everyone is happy about the prospect of Bomer playing a straight businessman whose sadomasicistic sex life has titilated readers around the world.
On hearing the news, Ellis tweeted that it would be ‘absolutely ludicrous’ to give the role to Bomer, simply because he is openly gay.
‘Okay. Let’s finalise this. Matt Bomer is totally hot and a very good actor. He is NOT right for Christian Grey and it complicates the role,’ he posted on Twitter.
The author, who himself has admitted to having relationships with both men and women, added: ‘I don’t care how good an actor you are but being married to another man complicates things for playing CG.’
However, he denied his views were homophobic, saying it was ‘about an intensely straight actor wanting absolutely to screw Ana Steele.’
He went on to claim that if Bomer was given the part, the international press tour would be an ’embarrassing fiasco’ because Fifty Shades of Grey ‘demands an actor that is genuinely into women’.
Ellis has publicly expressed his desire to adapt the novel into a screenplay but confirmed that he is no longer in the running for the project.