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Love, Simon director is making a film about closeted 50s actor Rock Hudson

Love, Simon director is making a film about closeted 50s actor Rock Hudson

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The director of hit movie Love, Simon is set to make a film about closeted actor Rock Hudson.

Greg Berlanti, who is the producer behind Riverdale and the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, is directing the biopic about the actor, who was one of the biggest stars in the 50s and 60s.

The film is based on an upcoming biography about his life. Called All That Heaven Allows, the book is written by Mark Griffin and is pieced together from interviews with co-stars, family members, and former companions.

According to Deadline, the director is working with Universal to produce the film.

Rock Hudson’s sexuality was one of the biggest open secrets in Hollywood. Throughout his career, tabloids threatened to expose his homosexuality. This would have been a death sentence for his career.

A closeted leading man 

The star never came out publicly.

The actor briefly married a woman named Phyllis Gates in 1955. However, they divorced three years later. In 2013, it was revealed Phyllis secretly recorded a confrontation between the two, where she asked if he was gay.

He was one of the biggest actors ever. Hudson appeared in 64 films, including Giant, Pillow Talk, and Love Come Back.

Also, he appeared on campy soap-opera Dynasty.

Unfortunately, in 1985, he died from a HIV-related illnesses. Before his death, he reached out to his close friend Nancy Reagan to help him get specialized care in another hospital. However, she refused.

His death helped spark public awareness about HIV and turned many into advocates, including co-star Elizabeth Taylor.

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