John Stamos had no problem with kissing a guy.
But when it came time to shoot the 2006 TV movie Wedding Wars he found himself locking lips with actor Sean Maher three times – two more times than was originally in the script.
He could thank director Jim Fall for that.
‘I actually worked those two more kisses into the movie,’ the openly gay Fall said Wednesday (1 June) at an Outfest 10th anniversary screening of the film in West Hollywood.
Fall had Stamos and Maher casually kiss in a swimming pool party scene at the beginning of the movie then had Maher kiss a sleeping Stamos tenderly in the middle of the movie.
‘John Stamos was amazing by the way – there was never any question that he was going to kiss a man,’ Fall said.
For 2006, this was pushing the envelope on basic cable television.
‘There was (originally) just one kiss at the end and for my taste it went by a little too quickly,’ Fall said.
The director, best known for the classic gay film Trick, would have liked for the final kiss to last longer but they were filming a climactic wedding scene outdoors and a storm was coming in.
It threatened to drench the entire cast and crew so everything had to be shot in one take.
Fall appeared at this week’s screening with the film’s screenwriter Stephen Mazur and composer Mervyn Warren who did the score.
In Wedding Wars, Stamos starred as a fun-loving gay party planner asked to plan the wedding of his straight brother (Eric Dane) who happens to work for the governor of Maine.
The governor (James Brolin) is in a reelection fight and comes out publicly against same-sex marriage in a speech written by the brother.
Stamos’ character then goes on a very public strike and refuses to continue planning the wedding.
In the process, His character becomes a passionate activist and gains legions of public support. He also comes out – finally – to his parents who are in town for the wedding.
‘That script was just way ahead of the curve in 2006,’ Fall said. ‘It was such a smart, spoonful of sugar way to get the point across.’