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Randy...

Saw this on Imbd.
I never read this before!


It's difficult for me to imagine Justin as a real person. He's so thoroughly a character created for serial television that his behavior, though dramatically justified on Queer as Folk, would register as childish, self-obsessed and absurd if it were displaced into the reality I'm familiar with. How could I be friends with someone who has nervous breakdowns at spilled marinara sauce, assaults high school enemies with small firearms, and has been systematically and repeatedly betrayed, lied to, condescended to, and humiliated by his boyfriend for four years? Were I placed into the TV wonderland of Queer as Folk, on the other hand, Justin and I would f**k once, realize we were twins separated at birth, and try to get our parents back together using elaborately quirky schemes. I'd most like to tell Justin to calm down. Maybe get him into a yoga class.What I've learned most while working on Queer as Folk has come really indirectly, less from playing Justin Taylor than from dealing with press, corporations, advertisers, the gay community, and fans of the show. I've learned the necessity of constantly realigning your perspective and the importance of standing up for yourself and being constantly aware that people are going to skew and censor you in order to make the idea of you better represent whatever agenda they've decided you'll promote. And it's all done so matter-of-factly, its such the status quo, that it becomes very simple to accept even though it completely corrodes the soul.

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toto_too514
Sep. 30th, 2017 11:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah... this is an old one. I think it was done not too long after the show ended. It took Randy quite a while to come to terms with some of the aspects of being Justin Taylor in QAF. I think the mature Randy would have a somewhat different perspective on this same topic.
eileen_donovan
Sep. 30th, 2017 11:33 pm (UTC)
I seem to remember Randy saying a number of things in the early days after QAF. I think he was young and trying to come to terms with certain things, because he ended up offending a number of people.

He seems to have matured, though, and is now appears to be a much different person. I'm sure the whole QAF experience was difficult in certain ways, so it's great to see what a wonderful man he's become! :)
mandagrammy
Oct. 1st, 2017 03:55 pm (UTC)
Very interesting article, and one I don't remember seeing before. What I like about Randy is that he always spoke his mind. And of course, one has to look back on this and remember how much has changed in the decade and more since the show was created and aired. But no matter what the actors thought of their characters or their storylines, they weren't playing themselves, and what they did with their characters as actors was spectacular. Otherwise they would have never had the huge and totally devoted fan base that they still have to this day.

Thanks for sharing this bit of nostalgia with us. Huge hugs, Grammy
kinwad
Oct. 1st, 2017 06:59 pm (UTC)
As Trish, said, it took Randy a very long time to come to terms with Justin and QAF in general. The whole experience left a bad taste in his mouth for quite a while after the show ended. It's only been the past few years that he's finally made peace with himself about it.
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