August 11, 2011
Rising star Luke Evans :: the case of the icky Wiki
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Hollywood's a fickle place -- you can be on top one minute and down the next. You can also be out of the closet talking about your ex-boyfriend and your love of gay porn, then scrubbed straight the next.
At least that's the scenario this week with up-and-coming British actor Luke Evans, who is on the cusp of stardom in such upcoming films as "The Hobbit," "The Three Musketeers," "Immortals" and "The Raven."
As reported on the celebrity website The Gawker, the hunky 32-year old tended to talk fast and loose about things gay back in 2002 when he was appearing in the London production of the Boy George musical "Taboo" and was interviewed by The Advocate. Asked about coming out, he said: "Well it was something I'd spoken to a lot of people about, including my boyfriend at the time-we've broken up now-but at the time when I just got 'Taboo,' I knew that even though my part was a straight character, everybody knew me as a gay man and, in my life in London, I never tried to hide it."
Going, going, gone
Evans might not have tried to hide it, but now that he's in big-budgeted movies and talking on panels at Comic Con with Kellan Lutz and Henry Cavill to promote the upcoming "Immortals," someone is out there de-gaying his life.
The folks over at AfterElton noticed that the Wikipedia entry for Evans (no relation to Chris, by the way) had changed. What read under Personal LIfe: "Luke Evans is openly gay," was changed to read "Luke lives a private life and rarely speaks about his personal life. He has made it clear in the past that press and private life are very seperate[sic] and should never be mixed. There has been interest in an interview he did In 2002, while starring in "Taboo," Evans was interviewed by The Advocate and spoke about his personal life. In the article Evans stated, "I knew that even though my part was a straight character everybody knew me as a gay man, and in my life in London I never tried to hide it. ... So I thought, Well, I'm going to have to be open. It's who I am. And if people don't like it, then I don't want their jobs." In the last 10 years Luke Evans' stance has always been to remain quietly dignified and focus solely on his career, family and friends which are incredibly important to him."
That, though, turned out to be too much information, because the Personal Life reference has been removed from his page.
A new maturity
Not that such moves are that unusual -- Wiki bios are often scrubbed or are simply so bland that they should come with an "I'm so-and-so and I approve of this entry." AfterElton contacted Evans' publicist about his icky Wiki entry, who replied: "I do not comment on my clients' personal lives in the media. As for Luke, he did so once, a long time ago when he was an inexperienced, young actor and now with maturity and hindsight, he has learned not to engage the press in his personal life again."
Is this the same "maturity and hindsight" that Matt Bomer and Anderson Cooper have experienced?
"A big, fat..."
What also wasn't scrubbed from the web was an interview that Evans did with the website GayDarNation while he was appearing in "Hardcore," a play about adult male actors in London. "I bought my first [gay porn] film when I was 15 and now I have a good collection and I add to it regularly. I research it almost every night!" When asked what makes a good gay porn star, he responded, "an enormous big fat cock!"
Evans previous film roles include playing Apollo in "Clash of the Titans" and the romantic lead in last year's "Tamara Drewe, in which he was, we admit, very sexy.