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Olly Alexander Wants to Play a 'Messed Up' Gay Superhero

Olly Alexander in press photo

Fresh off his performance as Ritchie Tozer in Russell T. Davies’s epic miniseries It’s a Sin, Years & Years singer Olly Alexander said he’d definitely consider a return to acting, but only for the right part.

“I’ve been sent a few scripts,” Alexander told host Will Manning on The Official Big Top 40, saying he would definitely like to “act in something again,” although he doesn’t “know what it’s going to be.”

Upon further thought, however, the Alexander did reveal a list of demands for at least one future role.

“I still want to have magic powers in something, or you know play like a really messed up, gay superhero or something.”

Alexander is fresh off his performance in the hit HBO Max series It’s a Sin, that premiered earlier this year. The series followed a group of young folks in London as they navigated the looming HIV/AIDS crisis. It’s a Sin received positive reviews for its honest and realistic portrayal of those difficult times, with Alexander receiving particular praise for his performance as the imperfect Tozer.

“That’s what Russell does so well,” Alexander said earlier this year. “[He creates] human beings; they do terrible things as well as being great people. They’re human.”

Whether or not Alexander ever finds his messed up, gay superhero role of a lifetime, he reiterated the next foray into acting won’t compare to his time working on It’s a Sin.

“It’s going to be difficult to top the experience I had, you know?”

Still, every actor has his Hamlet, and perhaps there’s a messed up queer superhero role in Alexander’s future. 

For the time being, however, he appears content appearing as a solo venture in Years & Years following Mickey Goldsmith and Emre Turkmen having left the group.

“I guess we’ll just wait and see,” Alexander observed. “I don’t have any plans at the moment.”

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