With Christian Grey the object of millions of women's fantasies, the casting of the enigmatic bachelor in the 'Fifty Shades' film is becoming a highly charged contest. Now, one high profile writer linked to the project has waded into the debate, insisting that one of the frontrunners, Matt Bomer is too "openly gay" to play the part!
Bret Easton Ellis, the author of novel 'American Psycho' which was turned into the hit 2000 film, has taken to twitter to slam the suggestion that Bomer could take on the role of Mr Grey.
Ellis posted on his account:
"Okay I'll say it. Matt Bomer isn't right for Christian Grey because he is openly gay. He's great for other roles but this is too big a game."
"Matt Bomer: I don't care how good an actor you are but being married to another man complicates things for playing [Christian Grey]."
He went onto say that the role "demands an actor who is into women" and claims the press tour would be an "embarrassing fiasco" should he land the part.
Matt came out as gay earlier this year and has three sons via a surrogate with his partner Simon. He has been touted as a frontrunner for the 'Fifty Shades' role following his performance as a male stripper in this year's 'Magic Mike.'
Bret himself has been linked to the project, claiming that he had put himself forward to write the script two months ago. Despite his claims, the writer isn't included on a rumoured shortlist drawn up by producers this week.
The writer hasn't shyed away from controversy in the past, attracting hate mail and even death threats after the publication of the violently graphic 'American Psycho'. It sounded like Bret was a mission to offend in this week's twitter rant, as he went onto slam other openly gay actors including 'How I Met Your Mother' star Neil Patrick Harris:
"Feel complicated about Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met Your Mother: central joke being that he's a gay actor playing a het womanizer. Um..." Bret then took a dig at 'The Big Bang Theory', which he described as "gayness personified".