Another Gay Movie, Take 2

By Harriette Yahr

Originally published on Advocate.com January 16 2008 1:00 AM ET

Shooting on
Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! wrapped last
month in Fort Lauderdale after three weeks. Director
Todd Stephens headed back to New York City to
begin editing, after a stop in Los Angeles to shoot a
few remaining scenes, including one with Perez Hilton who
gets amnesia after, well ... they won’t let me
say. The film is due to be released in the summer of
2008.

So what is new
about this edition? There are a bunch of secrets
I’m not allowed to reveal, but Stephens will
let out that there’s a little gay-spoofed
Beach Blanket Bingo (complete with a
lubed-up Slip ’n Slide), a campy version of ThePrice Is Right (with hottie porn star couple
Aden and Jordan Jaric as your Vanna Whites), and even
some gay Dawn of the Dead (let’s just
say freaky hands meet private parts). Since it’s
spring break, there’s a lot of eye candy thrown
in -- with good measure -- and there’s even a
story you can sink your teeth into.

Another Gay Movie followed the adventures of
Nico and his friends on their zany quest to lose their
virginity. Now the boys are back, reuniting in Fort
Lauderdale for spring break. Beneath the campy sets,
sexy costumes, and outrageous gags, the debates sparked by
the first film continues: How does casual sex fit into life?
Is monogamy possible? Do gays really think only about
sex? All this, framed within the context of a wild 'n'
sexy spring break competition.

Jonah Blechman,
who also executive-produces the film, returns as Nico.
His friends Jarod, Griff, and Andy also return, this time
played by different actors. Jimmy Clabots who plays
Jarod this go-around, tried out for the role in the
first film but missed getting the part. Aaron Michael
Davies, who “transitions from geek to chic” in
this flick, was actually discovered by the casting
director while waiting tables at a restaurant in New
York City. Newcomer Jake Mosser plays Andy, while the
boys’ nemeses in this film, the Jaspers, are
played by Will Wikle (host of Logo’s Round
Trip Ticket)
, Brandon Lim, and Isaac Webster.

For cast
members Isaac Webster and RuPaul, it was the
irreverent comedy that drew them to the script. “As
far as the gay sex, raunchy humor, and pushing all the
boundaries back -- no holes barred, nothing is scared
-- I think it's pretty beautiful,” says Webster.
“It’s been a lot of fun to play and be a
part of, and I feel it’s the wave that going to
take us into the next place.” Adds RuPaul: “I
saw Another Gay Movie, and I was floored. I loved its
‘no shame in the gay game’, and I thought that
was revolutionary and there needs to be more of
that.”

Blechman sums it
up saying, “This movie, even more than the first, is
a litmus test of sorts. It reveals how honest and
fluid you are sexually, whether you can laugh at
yourself and the crudeness of being a human being, not
some perfect queer stereotype.”

The sets were
decked out (think pink flamingos and tiki bars), the
costumes fabulous (from skimpy briefs to far-out diva), the
props extensive (over 400 in total, including retro
bubble machines and personalized butt plugs) --
and there was even a special effects department,
headed by Joe Castro, which created many surprise effects
and gags, like a sidesplitting one for Scott Thompson
that involves a certain projectile that is bound to
make the highlight reel. Thompson, from Kids in the
Hall, returns in the sequel, this time “wearing every
humiliating costume Todd could dream up.”

The hope for
Another Gay Sequel is that it does
something special, even pioneering, because of its brand of
humor. Queer cinema has moved away from coming-of-age
stories, and maybe it's time for comedy to be a force
for change, or for truly living -- and laughing -- out
loud. “It's fresh and revolutionary in its approach
to being gay and having a laugh with the whole gay
experience,” says RuPaul. “It’s
an important voice.”

If the excellence
on the set and Stephens’s writing and directing
talent are any indication, Another Gay Sequel
may prove itself to be much more than pretty faces,
hot bods, and hilarious gags, though I can’t
imagine a complaint about those anyway. Producer Derek
Curl says there will be upcoming distribution news that
should land the pic in theaters this summer."We really
feel it's shaping up to be the gay movie event for
'08." So stay tuned for all the surprises, from
Nico’s fetish dream to Andy’s scary nightmare,
from Perez Hilton’s amnesiac behavior to who
wins the Gays Gone Wild competition -- and just what
exactly his prize is.