Mother, May I Sleep With Sin?
By Justin Ocean
Based on a true story. Inspired by actual events. In the hands of Lifetime those words usually call to mind scenes from some campy stalk-a-thon starring Tori Spelling. But Prayers for Bobby, a biopic directed by Russell Mulcahy (Showtime�s Queer as Folk), stars Sigourney Weaver as Mary Griffith, a 1970s fundamentalist bigot turned crusading PFLAG hero after the suicide of her gay son. So perhaps the network is changing course, snaring conservative Midwest moms with the film�s boldface name -- and doing some good as well. (Stat attack: Gay youths are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.)
�We�re hoping that with an A-lister like Sigourney people will be intrigued to go outside their box and watch it,� says Ryan Kelley (above with Weaver), who, thanks to lessons from his gay friends� own coming-out traumas, plays titular twink Bobby with a teary pathos. �Whether closed-minded people want to believe it or not, someone they know and love is probably gay,� he says. �When people were talking about �Yes on Prop. 8,� someone there was hurting.�
Kelley continues, �One of my favorite lines in the film is �Stop and think: A child could be listening,� � which is Mary Griffith�s admonition that everyday, offhand intolerance is often the most cutting. �It would be amazing to change even one mind [with this film]. One mind -- that�s enough.�
Prayers for Bobby premieres January 24 on Lifetime.