Are English film makers and actors less uptight about sexual ambiguity on screen than their American counterparts?
Daniel Day Lewis became the find of 1986 by starring as the effeminate heterosexual in James Ivory's "A Room With a View" and the macho homosexual in "My Beautiful Laundrette" (now he's a macho heterosexual in his major big-screen debut, in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," from Czech Milan Kundera's novel, with Phil Kaufman directing).
Playwright Alan Bennett, author of the gay-themed "Another Country," has written the script for "Prick Up Your Ears," a film bio of the late gay playwright Joe Orton, who was murdered by his lover. It's to be directed by Stephen Frears, who also did "Laundrette." (Quipped Lewis: "It remains to be seen whether anyone will go see the picture, besides gay S&M devotees.")
American director Ivory, who plans to film E. M. Forster's posthumously published gay love story "Maurice," told us, "We'll be looking for British actors. They're less uptight, but also more . . . multifaceted."
Added Lewis: "We all expect to play gay and straight, sooner or later, except when we work in Hollywood."