IronicMetamodernism: >You people and your quaint little categories.
-Captain Jack Harkness
bolanrox: Captain Jack is what ever the fuck he wants to be.
AppleBytes: They wanted a gay caricature, not an actual gay man.
skatecarter: A little bit of back-story: The creators of “Will & Grace” had sort of promised the role to Eric McCormack, and wrote the pilot with him in mind. This was because, when McCormack had auditioned for “Friends,” they absolutely loved his audition, but the part of Ross had similarly been written for David Schwimmer, who got the part. NBC remembered McCormack, and when the show went into early development, they did the same thing with him – structuring the part for his acting style, essentially assuring that he would get it regardless of who auditioned. Not saying it makes it any less right or wrong in terms gay vs straight or vice versa, but NBC wanted McCormack for the part pretty early. Both Schwimmer and McCormack were the first actors cast for their respective series.
Childflayer: And Charlie Chaplin once placed third in a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest.
middleground11: Can we get more Torchwood and/or Captain Jack on Doctor Who though?
ElCaz: If you’ve ever seen John Barrowman give a talk, you would never, ever think he’s straight.
Socialist7: Will and Grace was a lighthearted, silly comedy but (as a young gay teen in the early 2000s) it was the first time I felt it was ‘cool’ to be gay.
I’d grown up in a homophobic culture where being a ‘queer’ was something very negative. I’d seen gays in movies and on TV but they had never been the star of the show.
Will and Grace also highlighted the special bond that gay men and their female friends have, which most people know about but surprisingly few people truly understand.
ntgcleaner: Sounds a bit like modern family where Cam won some award for his role as a gay man, though he’s straight. Whereas Mitchell is a gay man and did not win any awards. Or something like that.
Cakiery: [*Barrowman* Grrr *shakes fist*](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivOeugFS3K8)
You’ve out-gayed me Barrowman!
thrakkerzog: His best role was in Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
_Elder_: Poor Malcolm Merlyn. 🙁
EZ_does_it: Casting is a fuckin shit show sometimes. My friend got passed on because she wasn’t the right type of Asian.
NotYourAverageTomBoy: “There you go. I can taste it. Oestrogen. Definitely oestrogen. You take the pill, flush it away, it enters the water cycle, feminises the fish. Goes all the way up into the sky, then falls all the way back down onto me. Contraceptives in the rain. Love this planet. Still, at least I won’t get pregnant. Never doing that again.”
-Captain Jack Harkness.
ItsMrQ: In all fairness, some straight guys act the most gay than even the most flamboyant gays.
jaytrade21: Hitchcock did the same thing with “Strangers on a Train”….
The guy who played Bruno was straight, but his character had some gay overtones. The actor who played straight Guy Haines was a known homosexual (in Hollywood, not publicly)
Joliet_Jake_Blues: Watch Eric McCormack in Travelers on Netflix! Season 2 drops on Dec 26.
(I’m not a shill, shills get paid. This is what SciFi fans are reduced to if they want to see SciFi shows.
Also watch the Expanse on Prime or SyFy network. And demand Amazon develop Oasis!)
forkl: I’m always weirded out by how much he reminds me of Tom cruise.
Hebrewsuperman: What timeline do I have to get to go get Will & Grace with Captain Jack Harkness and how do I get there?
giverofnofucks: He does look pretty dudely.
jumpsteadeh: I was trying to figure out “is this the guy from Arrow” (it is), but ctrl+f’ing “arrow” on his wikipedia page has 200 results.
Turtle_McTurtleFace: I met Barrowman back in August. I’ve met gay people before, but dude had an aura. He made the entire convention hall pop a stiffy in his presence.
Brimstone747: John Barrowman was too good for that show anyways.
Lava_will_remove_it: I’m pretty far to the “straight” side on the sexual preference spectrum, but fairly certain I wouldn’t turn this man down if he asked. The man has charisma.
Santacruzcoqui: This is exactly like the key and peele sketch where the guy who had actually grown up in the Bronx wasn’t believable as a gangster from the Bronx but the posh British guy was.