Rebel Wilson insisted on casting an openly gay actor for the role of a gay character in her new comedy “Isn’t It Romantic.”
In the film, Wilson’s character hits her head and finds her life has transformed into a romantic comedy. Her neighbor Donny, who often has women coming and going from his apartment, is transformed into her sassy “gay sidekick, who’s setting gay rights back, like, a hundred years.”
Wilson, who also serves as producer of the film, told the LA Times that she fought to have Donny’s character portrayed by an out actor.
“Being the producer of the film, it was really important to me that obviously we cast an openly gay actor for the role of Donny (Brandon Scott Jones) so that the character could not in any way be construed as mocking a gay guy,” Wilson told the LA Times.
“I think we make a really clever comment about how gay characters have been marginalized in the past few decades,” Wilson continued “It’s come a long way now like the work of Ryan Murphy, presenting such complex characters, but only 10 or 20 years ago that wasn’t represented.”
It’s later revealed in her real life that Donny is actually gay and the women stopping by are buying weed from him. The film attempts to show that a gay character doesn’t have to be stereotypical.
“So, we really make fun of that in our film, and we gave Brandon his first co-lead in a feature film with this movie,” Wilson went on. “I’m so proud of him. He just smashes it out of the park.”
Jones told the LA Times he was grateful for the film’s representation.
“It’s very cool that we’re getting a chance to see stories about queer people,” but added that “sometimes they’re played by queer people and sometimes they’re not.”
“But I think we’re moving in a direction where we’re realizing, ‘Oh wait, stories that aren’t about what we’ve always seen Hollywood do are universal at the end of the day,” Jones continued.
“Isn’t It Romantic” is currently in theaters.