Well, it seems there is an issue of, since it is an A&E movie, you need to have a balance, because the audience is going to be across the board. I mean, I live in the Castro, so I'm not necessarily their target demographic, but at the same time, I appreciate that this is advancing the conversation in a positive way.
I agree, but I'm not so sure you're not the target demographic. I didn't consciously make this movie for middle America. I made it for me, and I wanted it to be accessible and entertaining. I mean, I think if you make movies, you want people to see them, especially movies that have something important to say and something very of its moment. I really hope this movie becomes dated very quickly, because that means we'll have moved on and we'll be able to get married, so I hope this movie will be very much a time capsule of a very specific time. But, again, was it made for hardcore politicos? No. But it's made for anyone who maybe hasn't thought past the headlines of gay marriage, gay and straight. I love the fact that the original writer put in the idea that the gay couple didn't even want to get married in the movie, which I think was kind of brilliant. I love the fact that the lawyer character was... and this is sort of how I was, although I'm married now. I married my partner, but I never thought about getting married! I never thought about it once, until it became an issue and I realized, 'They're absolutely right. Our rights are being taken away.' I think it's a complicated issue for everybody, gay or straight.
And, the other thing I thought, since Oasis is a site for gay youth, and with the movie playing throughout the month of December, it seems like a perfect conversation starter, because we always see kids coming home from college, or on break from high school, all in that pressure cooker with their families a little too much, and not sure if they should or want to come out. So, it seems like a good movie to use to start the coming out conversation or to just take the temperature of where your family is at on these issues. So, that could be a good use of Wedding Wars, as well.
I totally agree. Coming from that point of view, I remember when I was that age. Luckily, I didn't ever have to have the conversation, because my parents just walked in on me with somebody in high school (laughs). So, I was kind of spared the whole 'sit down, Mom, Dad, I'm gay.' They walked in and got a face full of it. But still, it would have been nice back in, I'm aging myself, back in 1981, there was nothing at all on TV, especially that you could point to. I remember my mom was reading a Montgomery Clift biography while all this was going on, and somehow even then I knew or had heard he was gay, so I pointed to the book and said, 'Well, he was gay,' thinking, probably not the best example to show, but there was nothing, you know? So, as with Trick, I'm glad to be able to put another positive, gay film out there, because I think the more that stuff gets seen by middle America, the better. I'm sure more people will see this movie on its first screening on TV than will have ever seen Trick, you know? So, that's kind of exciting.