Hollywood has a long history of homophobia, but this one’s scandalous. As revealed by the Hollywood Reporter, it seems there have been some concerns among the team behind “Belushi” over star Ellen Page’s new found status as an openly gay woman, and just how it might affect audiences’ willingness to see her in a straight romantic role.
A disgruntled production junior, speaking anonymously, said that producers were trying to keep the changes under wraps. “It’s sheer hypocrisy” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “They’ve made this big fuss about how open-minded they are, casting Page opposite Emile Hirsch so soon after her coming out. But now they’re panicking”.
According to the source, concerns first arose when it became clear just how outspoken Page intended to be about her sexuality in public. “I think they thought it was going to be more of a Jodie Foster, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell situation. I mean she definitely seemed that type. But she hasn’t shut up about it” the insider lamented. Incidents said to have worried the producers include Page’s famed god-bashing tweet, her upcoming presentation of a GLAAD award to Laverne Cox, and her rumoured sponsorship deal with lesbian-favored shoe brand Birkenstock.
Unsurprisingly, the script revisions reportedly revolve around love scenes between Page’s character Judith Jacklin and her on-screen husband, the comedian John Belushi. “It’s not like they’re making the character gay or anything” claimed the production junior. “It’s more a case of, how far do we want to push this? There was this big hot sex scene, but that’s gone. Now they pretty much just tickle each other. It doesn’t really fit the narrative. I mean, we’ve seen more on-screen passion between Bert and Ernie”.
The junior admitted she considered leaving the production over the blatantly homophobic actions, until she was hired to do the script revisions herself – a commission that has since landed her representation at CAA.