Because the paying audience hasn't been over the vampire craze for a while already, here's another hunky up-and-coming actor in another vampire movie! Now, before you guys start harping about how much of a hypocrite I am for gushing (see what I did there?) about my love of vampires in this post, let me just say I'm equally as tired of them being the flavor of the moment as everyone else is. I moved on too, on to zombies and ghosts just like everyone else did, and now it looks like we're all jumping ship and joining the dragon trend (The Hobbit's Smaug, the tons of dragons from the How to Train Your Dragon movies, Game of Thrones' long line of fire-breathers, and so on). Anyway, the point here is the traction the ever-confusing Luke Evans is starting to get. I'll get to why he's confusing in just a sec, for now, let's look at the trailer for his latest, Dracula Untold! Intriguing! But am I sold on it? Not quite yet. As of right now, not knowing anything else beyond this trailer, it looks like it'll eventually make a decent rental or something. I mean, Tywin Lannister playing a vampire again (remember Underworld: Awakening?) is interesting enough! Watering down a horror icon with a backstory that includes a family and the sacrifices he's making for them and his people, though? That's the pill I'm having a tough time swallowing. STOP RUINING CLASSIC MONSTERS, HOLLYWOOD! Anyway, like I said, my main interest in the film is Luke Evans. And it's not so much about his appearance, which is, well...And my interest has nothing to do with his alleged "drunk" antics on cam4. No, if anything, my interest in him is solely on the fiasco that has become in trying to tune out his sexuality. Unfortunately (and I'll get to why it's unfortunate in a second), if you know the story, you can't help but correlate the actor with the question whether he is or isn't gay. For those not in the know: back in 2002, Evans apparently gave The Advocate an interview in which he mentioned being a gay man and having had a boyfriend. The moment his name started carrying some weight, however, his representatives start a hetero-whitewashing and he's suddenly dating women. And, all right, I'll concede that, at the end of the day, it is none of my business -- much less considering I'm in no position to be 'outing' or discussing anyone's sexuality when I'm not-just-yet willing to show my own face either -- but this messy cover-up isn't something that can easily be ignored. Then he goes and does the cam4 thing. Drunk or not, you can't ignore the 'sexual preference' field. It originally stated he was bisexual, since it became public that the "stupidactor" profile belongs to him, the profile's sexual orientation status has been changed to 'bicurious.' Reigniting, again, the discussion if he really is or isn't. At the end of the day, I admit I don't care. As long as he's happy and he's not pulling dumb stunts in public, like others out there. But it's a shame, and ultimately unfortunate, that his name becomes synonymous with his sexuality rather than his acting ability because the man is a great actor! There hasn't been a movie I've seen him in and thought "don't quit your day-job!" Whatever the case, however Dracula Untold is received, I'm hoping this will lead to bigger roles for the actor. He's earned a place of note in my mind...and my pants!
Okay, so there haven't really been *that* many teasers, but you have to admit, they seem to be touting every screen appearance of Capaldi as some kind of first. His peekaboo in the big movie from last year was kind of a "first." The big, live reveal was kind of a "first." I like the guy well enough, but I'm not fully on board with the BBC/Moffatt's Capaldi-marketing-strategy. Whatevs. I'm looking forward to Clara eventually going her own way and Capaldi getting a new companion who will really play to his strengths. -hw Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman