Not Garden Variety



MICHAEL SUCSY LEAD XLRG (ROGNE) | ADVOCATE.COM He believes he found just that in his romantic comedy-drama, The Vow, which opens February 10. It stars Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum as a happily married couple. Their relationship is challenged when the wife suffers amnesia following an accident, and her husband becomes determined to make her fall in love with him again. "I really responded to this notion that we are the sum of our experiences and if that's ripped away from you, you have no emotional attachments to other people," Sucsy states. "The movie isn't about memory loss as much as who are we without our emotional attachments to other people."

The Vow also gave Sucsy another opportunity to work with Lange, whose small but pivotal role added emotional heft to the film. "There are multiple layers to everything she does," he says. "I'm not kidding when I say I'd look over and the grips and prop guys who are obviously watching — but not on the same level that I need to watch — their eyes are bugging out and their mouths are agape. We rewrote scenes and deepened scenes for her because you don't want to waste that kind of talent."

Growing up in a family of four, primarily in New York City, Sucsy was exposed to the arts — and LGBT people — by his mother, the president of a local stage company. His flair for theatrics emerged early. "I used to make my sister dress up as Madonna and lip-synch to music videos," he remembers.

Sucsy feels The Vow will appeal to LGBT viewers. "I think the gay audience will like Channing a lot, and I know they already like Rachel," he suggests. "It's a story that everyone can relate to."

Later this year he plans to film Rosaline, a genre-defying comedy set in the 16th century, which retells the story of Romeo and Juliet, but from the point of view of the hero's jilted girlfriend, Rosaline. Perhaps his attractive cast, which includes True Blood's Deborah Ann Woll and Dave Franco, is a concession to LGBT viewers. "Dave has the best smile," he says. "People should slip him dollar bills just to see him grin."

Earlier in the week he attended a star-studded event for the Trevor Project, the organization that operates a suicide prevention hotline for LGBT and questioning teenagers. On the red carpet, Sucsy was asked by a reporter about the importance of positive gay role models for young people struggling with their sexual orientation.

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