Actor Luke Evans gave a slightly defensive interview in the premiere issue of British luxury magazine The Jackal on the life of acting, particularly as an openly gay man.
The 37-year-old Welshman was seen most recently as the camp villain in Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, with the film itself having drawn attention for its passing nod to gayness. Evans came out at 22 to The Advocate, while still primarily a stage actor—his crossover to film came later, seven years ago. Having made his entree through action-centered roles such as those in The Clash of the Titans, Robin Hood, and The Immortals, he has more lately made the shift into more brooding, complex characters, in films such as the independent High Rise and the husband in last year’s blockbuster The Girl on the Train.
When pressed, he seems diffident, almost resentful, on assessing his sexuality and its relevance to his career:
Given that his films have grossed close to four billion dollars overall, Evans seems content to be nonchalant about his sexual identity, at least in this one interview. The complex discussion of Hollywood’s ambivalent treatment of LGBTQ characters and issues in its films remains one on which his input might have been more thoughtfully contributed, perhaps, but instead his success speaks for itself.
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