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Jim Parsons: 'How Many Straight Rom-Coms Do We Need?'

Photography by Danielle Levitt
Photography by Danielle Levitt

The actor talked about the importance of queer narratives on screen.

Jim Parsons sat down on Stephen Colbert last night to give his thoughts on his upcoming revival of Boys In The Band, which co-stars several A-list Hollywood gays like Andrew Rannells and Zachary Quinto.

While there, the Big Bang Theory star got to talking about Love, Simon and the importance of seeing gay stories on screen.

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"I read a couple of articles that were essentially saying-I loved it, by the way, but there were a couple articles that were like, 'that's too late.' ... That we were beyond this now, the kind of tale of coming out that this was," Parsons explained. "And I thought, 'Maybe if you're a 30-something writer living in New York or LA it may be like 'I don't need to see this,' obviously. But I don't know - I think there are people in many other places that, yes you do still need to see it."

He went on to explain how nobody has criticized the abundance of straight romantic comedies already in existence:

"Never mind the fact [they're saying] 'a gay romcom it's too late.' Tell that to When Harry Met Sally, you know, which was brilliant, but I'm saying, 'How many straight rom-coms do we need? When is it too late for them?' There's nothing wrong with them. They're fine. They are lovely. And I love When Harry Met Sally, I dunno...Let me get sick of too many gay rom-coms thank you very much. Bring it on. We'll see."

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