Rupert Everett Says Creating His New Oscar Wilde Movie Was Like Giving Birth

Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde film has him contemplating how being gay has impacted his life and career.

Everett’s film The Happy Prince released today in the UK. The film follows the life of celebrated playwright and author Oscar Wilde.

More specifically, the film follows the last three years of Wilde’s life after her had been released from prison. During that time, the once beloved writer had found himself hated after being found and tried as a gay man. As such, he forced himself into exile before dying in 1900.

The film was written, directed, and acted by Rupert Everett who gave his all for the project. In fact, he says that creating the project was so agonizing that it was like giving birth.

“At the very beginning I had no notion that the whole process would take 12 years," he told SkyNews.

"It was like a long labor… agonizing at times.

"It was always a question of taking one step forward and then two steps backwards, and it was demoralizing, apart from the moments it went well."

Everett also shared that the project almost didn’t happen because a Hollywood producer wanted to go in a different direction.

"When I finished writing it Robert Fox, my producer, sent it to the greatest producer in America who's a guy called Scott Rudin, who really makes the best films in the states.

"He rang back the next day and said 'I love this film' and I was literally at that point making acceptance speeches in the mirror."

"The day after that - and this is a very good picture of show business, it's like snakes and ladders - he rang back and said 'by the way I don't think you're a very good actor and so I think Philip Seymour Hoffman should play Oscar Wilde'."

“…I was so upset, my world crashed, and I said no to him."

In addition, the process has made Rupert Everett appreciate the life he’s led as a gay actor and creative.

Specifically, Everett spoke on the #MeToo movement and how Hollywood is really just a small circle of men who choose the rules that everyone else struggles to follow.

"The thing is in our business, certainly, it's a boy's club, and I think the thing that has upset women about this boy's club is that if you're going to be a member of this boy's club you have to kind of go with the rules of the boys, and I think really underneath it all that's what the Me Too argument is about," Everett said.

"A gay in the boy's club has a very difficult position too because he's really no more than a second-class citizen."

"At the moment it's perfectly alright for a straight man to play a gay role, but it's not perfectly alright for a gay man to play a straight role, and the boys club would say 'it's because you're all such queens' but actually a lot of straight men are quite queeny too.

"A lot of the gay actors are probably good enough actors to be able to play a straight role but they would say 'oh no there will be no chemistry or this or that or the other', but all these are lies, they are rules made up by the boys club," he said.

Despite dealing with the problems of Hollywood, Rupert Everett has continued on and created the story he desperately wanted to create and be a part of for more than a decade.

If you want to see the film for yourself, its out in UK theaters now and will come to the US on October 5.

Wonder Woman 1984 Set Photos Reveal Signs About The 1980s AIDS Crisis

Everyone’s excited for the beginning of production for the sequel to DC’s Wonder Woman.

When it was revealed that the title of the sequel would be Wonder Woman 1984, many wondered why that specific year was chosen.

Now that production for the movie is underway, some official (and unofficial) set photos have been released online and they are very telling.

While the official photo of Gal Godot as the titular character doesn’t tell us much other than giving us a few 1980s references, like one for National Lampoon, the second photo reveals that Chris Pine's Steve Trevor will be returning.

But what will soon get many talking is the breaking news that the film will be addressing (to what degree, we don’t yet know) the AIDS crisis.

This would make sense as 1984 happens to be the year that the United States publicly recognized the AIDS virus.

While it's possible that the "Silence=Death" signs are just a backdrop for the time period, its exciting to see acknowledgment of the epidemic in the film.

Today is the first day of production for Wonder Woman 1984, so this is a cool revelation for us fans to get right out of the gate. We’ll have to see what else we can discover as production moves forward.

Check Out The First Pictures From Joel Edgerton's Conversion Therapy Film "Boy Erased"

Focus Features has released the first images from the upcoming film Boy Erased.

The film based on a memoir by Garrad Conley follows his childhood experience of going through a conversion therapy program after being outed to his parents.

The film is directed by, written by, and stars Joel Edgerton (as a preist). On top of that, the film is also staring Manchester by the Sea and Lady Bird star Lucas Hedges, Canadian actor-filmmaker Xavier Dolan, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Troye Sivan, and more.

This film will be Edgerton’s second feature film as director after his 2015 horror film The Gift.

“The film satisfies the dramatic and salacious stuff that interested me, but it also had an emotional resonance to it that I felt didn’t just make it a dark and nihilistic story,” Edgerton told Entertainment Weekly. “Garrard’s story is so full of redemption.” 

The film could also be in the cross hairs of awards season due to its dramatic focus on conversion therapy and its September release date. We’ll see if that becomes true.

In the meantime, check out the first stills from the upcoming film down below.