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Colin Firth Part of Hollywood Gay Problem


Colin Firth, who scored a Best Actor Oscar nomination Tuesday for his role portrayal of a gay professor in A Single Man, says he thinks Hollywood has a real problem when it comes to casting gay actors in good roles.

"If you're known as a straight guy, playing a gay role, you get rewarded for that. If you're a gay man and you want to play a straight role, you don't get cast -- and if a gay man wants to play a gay role now, you don't get cast.

"I think it needs to be addressed, and I feel complicit in the problem. I don't mean to be. I think we should all be allowed to play whoever -- but I think there are still some invisible boundaries which are still uncrossable."

Firth also played gay in his last big movie role, as one of Meryl Steep's former lovers in Mamma Mia!

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