Jonathan Tucker Gets Dirty
Let�s get something out of the way: Yes, you�ve seen Jonathan Tucker before. He�s been in 17 movies, including The Virgin Suicides, the 2003 remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and last year�s In the Valley of Elah. He�s also appeared on 10 television shows, most recently as the star of last year�s The Black Donnellys. But it�s his role in 2001�s The Deep End that you�re most likely to remember.
�I literally met [costar] Josh Lucas one afternoon, and the next day we�re doing these intense sex scenes together. It was like, �Um, hey, bro, we�re going to have some gay sex scenes tomorrow. OK, cool. Nice to meet you,�� he laughs.
In The Deep End, Tucker played a 17-year-old caught up in his first gay relationship, a lethal entanglement with a notorious club owner played by Lucas, who sported a look straight out of 1970s Falcon videos for the role. Though Tucker was just 18 at the time, with few credits under his belt, he didn�t hesitate to accept the part.
�I was never cautioned against taking that role by anyone,� he says. �It�s so hard for writers to create interesting, truthful roles for teenagers -- there are so many clich�s and pitfalls. If the character happens to be gay, then inherently something interesting is going on. He�s trying just to identify who he is as a man in the world, and then you�ve got his whole sexuality that he has to deal with. There�s just great depth to that kind of character, and that really appealed to me.�