George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Martin Sheen were among the A-list actors who participated in the stage reading of 8 in LA last night. The play, written by Dustin Lance Black, showcases the proceedings of the 2010 Proposition 8 federal court battle about California's gay marriage ban that was approved in 2008. The real life events were not broadcast to the public so Dustin Lance Black wrote this script to show what went on behind those closed doors. The play made its debut on Broadway last year, but last night it was all about the star power. 8 streamed live on YouTube, where it will also be available to watch at any time for the next week. Other celebrities in the performance included Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson Jamie Lee Curtis, Matt Bomer, and more.
The overturning of Prop 8 is a cause that George and Brad have both spoken about many times. Clooney recently spoke about rumors about his own sexuality to The Advocate, saying, "I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurt if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a sh*t."