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Out100 2014

OUT100: John Logan

OUT100: John Logan


Screenwriter, Playwright

Photography by JUCO | Retouching by Anna Glen at Wet Noodle

The Moment: June 6, 1929: Luis Bunuel's collaboration with Salvador Dali, Un Chien Andalou, is released.

"I always celebrate the posthumous coming out for gay writers who couldn't in their own lifetimes," says John Logan, "so I love such things as the unexpurgated Picture of Dorian Gray." It's appropriate, then, that Logan was the man to resurrect Gray this year, as one of the characters in his deliciously gothic Showtime series, Penny Dreadful. The monster-mash of a show is the first created by Logan, a three-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo) who in 2014 also saw the launch of his debut musical, The Last Ship, for which he penned the book. As his trajectory soldiers toward his 2015 passion project, Genius (about the relationship of editor Max Perkins and author Thomas Wolfe), Logan describes himself as a "linear writer" with propulsive traits, making photographing him a potentially thorny endeavor. He quips, "Asking a full-blooded Irishman to hold still is asking for trouble."

Photographed at George Brown Studio, New York on September 17, 2014

Styling by Michael Cook. Hair and Makeup: Angela DiCarlo.

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