Openly gay actor Matt Bomer has been considered by many to be one of the front runners to play Christian Grey in the film adaptation of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" novel. However, judging by recent remarks, novelist Bret Easton Ellis would clearly beg to differ.
The "American Psycho" writer took to Twitter on Aug. 8 to voice his opinion on the Christian Grey casting process.
"Ok, I'll say it. Matt Bomer isn't right for Christian Grey because he's openly gay. I am NOT discriminating Matt Bomer because of his sexuality. Fifty Shades demands an actor that is genuinely into women. Get it?!" Ellis wrote. "I think Matt Bomer is incredibly handsome and a good actor but I think he comes off totally gay in White Collar."
Ellis further attempted to justify the previous statement by tweeting the following on Aug. 10:
"You know what? I changed my mind: I now think a gay actor HAS GOT to play Christian Grey. It's IMPERATIVE that someone gay plays him. Let's destroy the bullsh*t stereotypes of Hollywood studio moviemaking and cast a gay actor as Christian Grey in '50 Shades of Grey.' A win. But I still don't think Matt Bomer should play the role."
Ellis' comments have not gone over well with many fans of the racy female-targeted "Fifty Shades" series. According to Crushable, an astounding 10,000 people and counting have now taken to Facebook to offer their support for the 34-year-old actor, who has not yet responded to the matter.
Bomer is the star of "White Collar," which recently returned to television on Aug. 14 after a short hiatus. Currently in its fourth season, the show airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m Eastern Time on the USA network.