Thursday, June 05, 2008

Number Six Gay Hero - Gale Harold

It is hard to separate Gale Harold from Brian Kinney, the character he played so successfully for five years on the American version of Queer as Folk. The character (and by association Harold) has always been a flashpoint with gay men. Some folks loved Queer as Folk’s Brian for his sexiness, intensity and unapologetic hedonism. Others saw the character as essentially amoral and repugnant.

Back in January, Brian Kinney actually topped our list of the most popular gay TV characters of all time, and that fact set off a firestorm of debate. Quite possibly we’ll see a similar debate about Gale Harold’s high ranking on this year’s Hot 100, but it’s worth reminding ourselves that Gale Harold is not Brian Kinney. Whether or not you were a fan of Queer as Folk, there’s no disputing that Gale Harold the actor is one sexy man. And he certainly deserves credit for taking on a prominent gay role (and seeming to relish in the portrayal) at a time when many of his acting peers were reluctant to play gay.

Harold has signed on for the next season of Desperate Housewives. Regrettably, he’ll be playing Susan’s love interest and not Andrew’s, but at least this may allow the actor to finally step out from behind the long shadow of his Queer as Folk character.
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