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Geoffrey’s hunting diary: Trumpeter swan

Video of a trumpeter swan seen on a marsh pond near Spencerville, Ontario, May 20, 2013.

Video shot by Jason Quinn

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Says he, ‘I am a handsome man, but I’m a gay deceiver.’ — George Colman, the Younger ( 1762-1836)

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Is it easier for gay actors to play heterosexual characters, or for heterosexual actors to play gay characters? As an actor myself, this question crossed my mind. I took training in acting technique at the Ottawa Theatre School, in workshops with professional theatre companies and with an acting coach. I appeared in a number of amateur stage productions over the years. The three actors in the photographs above are known for playing gay and heterosexual characters in British television series. Russell Tovey, the man seen embracing the woman, is famous for playing heterosexual characters in Being Human and Him & Her. He is gay. James Sutton, the young man wearing the green and cream striped pullover, and Guy Burnet, seated next to him, became widely known for their portrayal as gay characters in a relationship in the British soap opera Hollyoaks. Both these men are heterosexual. Having seen their respective performances I am duly impressed. They are fine actors. They were able to inhabit their characters, gay and heterosexual, successfully, giving a believable portrayal; still, I wonder is it easier for a gay actor to play straight or for a straight actor to play gay? Continue reading