[…] And in “My Own Private Idaho”, the 21-year-old actor managed to make some film history. Phoenix, signed to play a scruffy, sleepy young man named Mike, decided the movie needed a scene with an explicit gay subtext, one in which he would spell out his love for Keanu Reeves’ pseudo-bisexual playboy. Around a campfire, Phoenix delivers a stammering, meek, heartfelt confession, ending with the words, “I love you and you don’t pay me.” With this he dealt a blow to Hollywood’s perennially brain-dead treatment of homosexual subject-matter, which currently wavers between creepy exploitation and bland condescension.

By all reports a happy heterosexual, Phoenix spoke enthusiastically to the gay weekly, the Advocate, about his scene. “It wasn’t an improvisation. Everything was written. The stutters, the uh’s, were all written. I wrote all of it!” The interviewer, David Ehrenstein, then speculated it was the first romantic declaration of love between men in commercial American film. “Really?” River responded. “No other time before this? That’s beautiful. I’m so proud. That’s great. Cool! That makes me feel good!” Not as articulate, perhaps, as the liberal patter of celebrities who tell the Advocate how comfortable they are with lesbian and gay people, and how they would certainly play a gay role if the right one came along – but as it happens, more truthful

- The Washington Post, November 1993

  • What she says: I'm fine
  • What she means: life in captivity??? So was Prompto taken after he fell from the train? Did he get help to leave the base? Whats in the base? What are they doing with hm there? How did he get out? Did he do hollywood stuff beside blowing up everything? Did he see something to anger him and decide to destroy everything? Where did he get the clothes? Do they know who he and what he is? Is Versteal there? Does he meet him? BUT HE WAS IN SUCH A SHITTY STATE IN GRAlea HWAT HAPPENED? DID ARDYN GET HIM AFTER HE leFT THE BASE? WHA T HAPPENED?

Hey, maybe since all these Hollywood scandals are blowing up, maybe the public will talk about Nickelodeon’s Dan Schneider and how he always snuck his creepy foot fetish onto children’s shows.

Because you bet he’s a predator. 

Mike Kuchar: “Sometimes you see a very beautiful person. And the first thing that comes to my mind is, I want to make a movie of that person. ’Cause I like puttin’ gauzes - ah, cheap, black cloth on the lens with a rubber band - and creating these, what look like 1940s movies, or movies of a beautiful Hollywood style, and blowing these people up bigger than life and making them into gods and goddesses. And I think in the movies that’s a wonderful way of pushing them on the public, and infusing the public with great objects of desire, and dreams, and things of great beauty.” <3

Jules Dassin directing Gina Lollobrigida and Yves Montand in La Loi, 1959

[US title: Where the Hot Wind Blows]

Dassin was an American who was forced to work in Europe after being put on the Hollywood Blacklist