In a recent interview with The Advocate, Tina Fey shut down haters of her gay characters. Although people have criticized Tituss Burgess of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for being a gay stereotype, she insisted that he was inspired be a real person.
She also expressed her fondness for Damian of Mean Girls:
“Damian, the gay character, was in every draft. Someone once asked me, ‘How come everyone’s sort of paired off at the end but we don’t see what happens to Damian?’ I said, ‘Because it’s a movie about girls.’ We should’ve made another movie about Damian.”
Well it’s not too late. And apparently Out100 honoree Daniel Franzese is up to reviving his lovable GBF character. Franzese took to Facebook in support of the spin-off idea, writing: "Tina Fey doesn't care if you don't like her gay characters she wants a sequel with only Damian. (I like that idea too obvi lol)."
On the 10th anniversary of the film, Franzese revealed how angry he had become with his legacy. “Damian, you had ruined my life and I was really pissed at you,” he wrote, noting that Hollywood’s “gay ceiling” prevented him from auditioning for blue-collar or “man’s man” roles and instead was limited to the flamboyant one-dimensional gay parts that became all too familiar in the aughts.
I think it’s safe to say that the fans would love to see a well-deserved sequel (that ABC Family atrocity does not count). It’s been more than 10 years, and we still can’t stop quoting the original.
In the meantime, we can look forward to Franzese in the Looking HBO movie in 2016.