Lincoln L. Hayes

Why “The Birdcage” means so much to me as a straight man

In Acting, Blogging, Movies, News, Television on August 12, 2014 at 12:37 pm

bcRobin Williams died yesterday at the age of 63. Social media are still a-buzz with pictures and memories and quotes of his from movies. Last night, Rachel and I watched “Aladdin” and “The Birdcage” in his memory. Both are very dear to me and my memory of Williams, “Aladdin” in that, as I mentioned in a Facebook status, it was one of the first Disney movies to have a celebrity voice actor. The next year, he was in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and I could put a face to the voice and realized people made cartoons, actors. That was a thing that could be done. Maybe I could do it?

But “The Birdcage” is something else to me. I don’t remember the first time I watched it, but it came in 1996, so I was twelve or thereabouts when it was on HBO or another movie channel. Growing up in a small town, I wasn’t exposed to gay culture in any way. Anything gay was presented as wacky or abnormal, like the sassy gay friend of the girl in the romantic comedy. Those types of people weren’t real to me; they existed only as archetypes in movies and TV.

Remember when Facebook was fun?

In About Me, Blogging, News on July 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm

It has been made very clear to me as of late that I am very quickly losing my interest in Facebook aside from a means of self-promotion as an actor, filmmaker, and podcaster. Any posts regarding those three areas are usually met with excitement and kind words. However many things I post merely to share for the potential enjoyment of others have a 50/50 chance of being enjoyed or incendiary.

Watch – I made a thing!

In Blogging on June 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

With a lot of help from my friends
Pillow Talk – Dir Neil Fennell 2014: http://youtu.be/EHYvdLcqnNc

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