Bret Easton Ellis Says Matt Bomer Is Too Gay For ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

August 9th, 2012 // 78 Comments
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Author Bret Easton Ellis wants reality star/not-an-actor Scott Disick to play Patrick Bateman in a reboot of American Psycho, thinks Tom Cruise will play a role that isn’t a 100% heterosexual karate machine and signed off Lindsay Lohan starring in an adaptation of one his books, so clearly this a man everyone should listen to in regards to casting. His latest screed involves shitting all over the potential casting of Matt Bomer as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Your Mom Still Masturbates because he’s openly gay. Via E! News:

“Okay. Let’s finalize this. Matt Bomer is totally hot and a very good actor. He is NOT right for Christian Grey and it complicates the role,” Ellis tweeted. “I don’t care how good an actor you are but being married to another man complicates things for playing CG…Matt Bomer is NOT about discrimination. It’s about an intensely straight actor wanting absolutely to screw Ana Steele…the most popular book on the planet having Matt Bomer–a gay actor–play Christian Grey is absolutely ludicrous. Why?”
And that’s just the start.
Ellis continued, “Jesus, the homophobia over Matt Bomer not being Christian Grey is so unsettling and aesthetically retarded. He’s NOT right for Christian G. Okay I’ll say it. Matt Bomer isn’t right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He’s great for other roles but this is too big a game. And I think if Matt Bomer wants the role which I doubt the international press tour will be an embarrassing fiasco. He’s not CG. Never…I am NOT discriminating Matt Bomer because of his sexuality. Fifty Shades of Grey demands an actor that is genuinely into women. Get it?!?”

Look, I know absolutely nothing about Fifty Shades of Grey except for something about pube-pulling – *downloads to Kindle* – but I do know about women, the book’s target audience, so let me see if I can explain to Bret here why they couldn’t care less who plays Christian Grey: Women are sexist pigs who just want to a face full of eye candy. To them, men are nothing but pieces of meat who are supposed to cook and clean and give them sex at the drop of the hat because they bought us shoes. They make more money than us for doing the same jobs, they control all levels of government and private industry and in the 1960s, they could rape you at work just because the coffee pot was empty. They’re Nazis, Bret, NAZIS!

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  1. He’s right. The movie biz is about promotion and the press tour will inevitably focus on the ‘irony’ of his playing a straight guy. Prob not helpful when the target audience is female.

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    • CranAppleSnapple

      Thread ends here. :D
      That never fails to surprise and delight me, Sparky! I think we should get married. Not the old guy, you and me! :D

  3. DeucePickle

    I’ve heard there are a few actors on a show called True Blood that are mostly likely really into women.

  4. mrsmass

    just found out he’s gay right now reading this. he’s hot enough to play the role. ashamed to admit i read the books though.

  5. FruitLoop

    Why the fuck are they even working on a movie of this at all?!

    Let’s see if the the movie has the guts to include him telling Ana how he’s going to anally fist her. Of course that’s only after he says he’s going to stick his whole hand up her pussy first.

    • Anal fisting? Maybe I’ve been wrong about Fifty Shades of Grey all this time. It’s written by a German guy, right?

    • Cock Dr

      Eh, talk is cheap.
      Does the book character actually carry out these dreadful threats?
      Was this what America’s housewives were reading while they vacationed this summer? Golly!

    • Negrodamus

      No wonder Bret wanted to write the screenplay. That’s like something out of the book version of American Psycho. Except in AP, he doesn’t say he’s going to do it, he just does it. And it’s more a form of torture rather than BDSM sexy time. But you know, same difference.

    • Brooke

      Wait, what?? I heard the book was dirty the way Harry Potter worshipped devils… so not at all. But if we’ve got anal fisting, maybe I’ll grab a copy.

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    He is very cute…in a generic Ken-doll way.
    I don’t suppose there’s any chance Viggo Mortensen would be cast for this bit of soft porn B&D nonsense?

  7. Chiggy

    I had to de-lurk to post that the last paragragh—yeah, that’s why I love you so, SW. That made my day. Thanks.

  8. blah

    Who the hell asked Bret Easton Ellis about casting Fifty Shades of Grey?

    • Schmidtler

      somebody at a news network asked Hank Williams Jr. his opinions on politics. wtf should this surprise you for?

    • Glass

      He was in talks to write the screenplay, and he’d been part of a long-ass public discussion for like months about casting ideas for the movie. I haven’t read the book, but I’m glad he won’t be writing it anymore. His twitter TL was always flooded with 50 Shades bullshit. Dont fucking care.

  9. Crissy

    Maybe he can starr in the sequel “Fifty Shades of Gay”…

  10. Eh. It’s a Twilight fan fiction (seriously, it was called Master of the Universe. Twilight fan fic readers trashed it, so she “revamped” it and we have the steaming pile that is 50 Shades.) If this is made into a movie, it’s going to have to be NC-17, and that’ll never fly with a regular movie studio. So what they are going to get is an even bigger chunk of garbage than the novel: A watered down version of it so that it can get that nice R rating that will bring in audiences.

  11. Oh, and in case you haven’t seen this, it’s the men’s version of Fifty Shades of Grey

  12. Schmidtler

    They should cast Randy Travis. He’d be perfect, since he’s normally not wearing pants anyway.

  13. JC

    Just to play devil’s advocate, Ellis may be right. Bored housewives might feel weird if they start flicking the bean at the sight of Matt Bomer while trying to simultaneously fantasize about having his as their gay best friend. It’s gotta be confusing, particularly for people who read Twilight fan fiction that’s been repurposed as ladyporn.

    • SG

      If you read the hundreds (thousands?) of comments on the web from just such women, you’ll see that the vast majority of them have no problem whatsoever with a hot gay man playing this kind of role.

    • Carla

      And may I add that the vast majority of fan fic for women by women I’ve come across involves hot male characters getting it on with each other, whether gay or straight in the show they’re from. There was even one I recall where the “authoress” (yeah that’s what she called herself) confessed to feeling conflicted about cumming to dudes getting it on because she was a “proud Sothern Baptist.” So hey, if most of this godawful DIY spunk material is bringing the bible thumpers to slowly unwad their nickers then I’m all for it.

  14. thespiral

    “He’s great for other roles but this is too big a game.”

    Are you fucking kidding me. Fifty Shades of Bullshit is “too big a game” for an actor to convincingly play someone of a different sexual orientation?

    If that’s the case then William Hurt, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, and Sean Penn should give their fucking Oscars back, eh Bret?

  15. vgrly

    This who book/movie needs to DIAF. That being said..I betcha Ashley Green is trying really hard to land the role.

  16. El Jefe

    I can’t believe people bought and read that shit book.

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    Silly. Matt Bomer is very convincing of not being gay in his show on USA. I completely forget he’s gay when I’m watching him kiss women on that show…and just wish it was me! :)

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    The thought of middle aged housewives all over America flicking their bean while reading this book, puts a smile on my face. I wonder how many kids are experiencing walking in on their mom masturbating this summer?

  19. Bianca

    Never read the books (and don’t plan on it) but when I think of a Christian Grey, control freak type of guy, he doesn’t register. The guy needs to have a more dark, brooding, dangerous look to him, very cold looking. This guy looks like a regular pretty boy who’s more concerned about not smudging his makeup during sex.

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      • Bianca

        LOL, maybe that’s a little too extreme! I know he’s supposed to be very attractive but in a very dark, dangerous way and this guy just doesn’t do it for me, he’s just too cookie cutter pretty for my liking.

  20. Isn’t that the point of acting? You know, tricking people into believing you’re someone you’re not?

    I don’t see the problem here. They claim its not discrimination, but that seems to be exactly what it is.

    • Joaquin ingles

      Hollywood’s totally homophobic. Anti-Semitic too!

    • Carla

      My first thought exactly, Alex. I think if he’s a good enough actor he’ll pull it off. And Bret Easton Ellis — WTF? I thought he died under a pile of blow back in the late 80′s. Love all the rationalization about what boils down to “but he’s GAY so he can’t play straight, dammit.” Whatever, it’s like batshit Ann Rice going after Tom Cruise after he was cast as her precious vampire lead, and though I find TC repugnant as a human, he knocked that shit out of the ballpark. Also Daniel Craig — couldn’t see him as 007 at all until I watched him and wet my pussy mmmhhmm /but I digress: gay actor FTW

  21. juss

    I would like to see Ian Somerholder or Jared Leto as Christian Grey. No, I haven’t read the books. I just would like to see a hot guy on screen.

  22. Mandy

    I really don’t see how anyone could read that and not think it’s discrimination. Not all gay men are wimpy or dainty or girly. Matt Bomer is a beast in action scenes, super sexy, and an amazing actor. Who cares if he likes men in his personal life?

    There’s really no logic to this argument. Because Christian Grey likes women, the actor who plays him must like women. Christian Grey also likes super freaky, dominant sex – must the actor who plays him be into the same thing?

    Actors have won Oscars for playing characters with a different sexual orientation than their own. Who the hell does this guy think he is?

    In summary, I will glad masturbate to Matt Bomer. I will not masturbate to this guy or anything he ever writes.

    • Negrodamus

      I don’t think it’s discrimination when the words are coming from another gay man.

    • Jess

      of course he sounds stupid but what he really wants to say is they want to cash in on horny girls who read the book and it will be harder to do that the actor would never do a female.

    • Christian is also supposed to have light hair and be tall. Not going to work.

      I agree, this boy is too dainty and effeminite. Him and Ian Somerhalder both always look like they’re wearing makeup.

  23. archphoenix

    Ellis is just pissed because he got axed from the short list to write the screenplay. Seriously. He was in the running and admitted he didn’t get the job.

  24. JungleRed

    God damn! That’s one handsome man. Nothing you can do about that.

  25. The way this Christian Grey comes across make him sound like James Spader’s character from “Secretary”. I nominate Ryan Gosling to play him.

  26. Pat C.

    That’s why Rock Hudson’s movies were so unpopular. He just wasn’t really into women.

  27. Audrey

    Won’t be seeing the movie but Matt’s sexuality shouldn’t be a factor. He’s perfectly capable of being seductive on White Collar and previously had a lot of chemistry with Yvonne Strahovski in Chuck. I think studios speculate way too much about possible audience reactions.

  28. Bob

    Maybe someone should ask the WOMEN who are going to be seeing this movie what they think. I’m guessing they have a better grasp of whether he would be convincing in the role than Bret Easton Ellis.

    • Ellis knows it for a fact that women just hate gay guys anyway because they know they have zero chance of getting them into the sack. Which is why NBC passed on Will & Grace 14 years ago and Eric McCormack is a pilates teacher today.

  29. Gwyneth's Platinum Dildo

    Bret Easton Ellis on acting:

    “Brokeback Mountain was a pile of shit, those guys weren’t even real gays! Well, Gyllenhaal maybe…”

    “Fuck Michael Fassbender, he could never know what it’s like to be a robot.”

    “It’s not racist to say the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie would’ve been better with real turtles, right?”

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    Isn’t the guy on his left the Latin cop guy on Dexter, David Zayas?

  31. I don’t know why Bret went through all that explaining. All he had to say was that he wants Travolta for the role or no one. End of conversation.

  32. Negrodamus

    Actually, the first I heard of him possibly being cast as Christian Grey was when a female was ranting on a mutual friend’s Facebook that she didn’t want a gay man getting the role because it somehow ruined her lady boner or something. So in your face, shitty blog writer.

  33. Cb

    If Neil Patrick Harris can play womanizing Barney Stinson on How ai Met Your Mother, then maybe gay men are capable of acting…hmmm.

  34. Jess

    Its funny because Christian Grey comes across as gay with all his specifications on Anastasia’s appearance and how much she should be eating. Ive never seen a straight guy tell me how to take care of myself or eat. Something about the character just strikes me as flamboyant, he didnt seem like a great romance hero to me.

    • CranAppleSnapple

      Absolutely agree.

    • juss

      My ex boyfriend did those exact things. He was a controlling, mentally abusive womanizing sex addict. My response after a while was to find a younger, hotter guy with a bigger dick and fuck him.

    • Bianca

      Conversely, I’ve never met any gay man that was so possessive, abusive and domineering over me that he tried to control what I ate. These actions are a psychopathic way to exert power over you and ‘keep you in your place’ so to speak and therefore, have nothing to do with one’s sexual orientation.

    • Brooke

      I have had guys do that with me. They didn’t last long.

      At the end of the book, does the woman realize she’s dating a control freak? This book sounds interesting IF it’s about the dangers of a man like this and at the end they have a chase scene where she ends up shooting him in the dick or something. I don’t want to read it if the reader is supposed to find him to be the ideal man, ie Twilight,

  35. MyCoworkerIsHot

    Sorry I don’t know who this guy is (gonna google him later) but he is right. I don’t want to think about this actor being gay when Im watching the movie.

  36. Whoever thinks a lot of women won’t want to see an attractive gay man play a straight romantic lead has obviously not spoken to very many women.

  37. Veronica

    I downloaded that book on the recommendation of a friend. It was shit, and I don’t want to be friends with her anymore. There was no fisting of any kind, not even anal (if you don’t count butt plugs). I dunno who this actor is or who he bangs, but most of the characters in the book (including Mother, Brother, Sister) thought main character was gay, so what’s the problem?

  38. Yup

    Hmmm… I don’t think he’s too gay to be in the movie (he’s very convincing as a rampaging heterosexual in “White Collar”); however, he is highly metrosexual; I can’t see him being a rougher edged dude. He’s more of a guy who would get a manicure & play a highly refined character.

  39. Anna

    I think Ian Somerhalder is the guy to play CG, he definitely is gorgeous and has that evil quirky sexy way about him, as everyone´s seen in Vampire Diaries. I´m sorry but Matt, albeit gorgeous as well just wouldn´t cut it. Ashamed to say I´ve read the book as well.

  40. KeepCalm

    Matt Bomer isn’t too gay for anything. Swoon.

  41. dd

    He fits the look of Christian Grey, and if he took the part and did it right, his acting ability SHOULD be able to pull him through to play a good part. It’s his job to act, right?

  42. Meany

    He looks the part but I want an actor I can fantasize about. I just can’t fantasize about a gay actor. Sorry.

  43. Brooke

    I know tons of women who prefer to fantasize about men with men, straight IRL or otherwise, since the idea is “I can’t have him, but this way it’s nothing personal because he won’t have ANY women, not just me.” I have no problem with gay men playing straight or otherwise… ACTUALLY, it makes it interesting. I would be more interested in seeing straight men playing gay than seeing two gay men kiss on-screen because it’s more thrilling knowing this isn’t what they would normally choose to do, so a gay man muff diving kind of has the same taboo effect. For me, anyway.

  44. Esol Esek

    as a dude, I dont need to know Bomer is gay to know I dont want to see him in a lead role. He’s too pretty, and looks like too much of a pussy and an actor. Period.

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