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Big Gay Controversy for "Heroes"

Big Gay Controversy for "Heroes"

In Claire's story line on "Heroes," her friend Zach has faded into the background along with the rest of her old life in Texas. Zach's absence might have eventually happened regardless, but a tension-filled snafu between actor Thomas Dekker's manager and the writers of "Heroes" certainly sped up his departure from the story.

According to "Heroes" writer Bryan Fuller, Zach was originally supposed to be a gay character, but when Dekker's manager caught wind of this, she believed it would ruin Dekker's chances at an upcoming audition if he played a gay character on TV. To see what else Fuller had to say about the issue,

In the interview with, Fuller continues:

We were definitely going down a route of making [Zach] the gay character and having him have a big role in [Claire's] life and sort of teaching her to come out about her ability and embrace herself and actually using the coming out metaphor and the gay metaphor in that instance as a fun piece of storytelling.

I was very upset by it – I was not happy about it at all ... we didn't want to get hung up on the fact that one actor's management felt that it was a career killer for him to play a homosexual which, as a gay man, I found incredibly insulting.

We had episodes planned for him to be in, and she pulled him from the show altogether. So that's why he sort of disappeared.

Since characters get killed off or otherwise pushed aside (ahem, Mrs. Bennet) on the show with some frequency, it didn't strike me as particularly weird that Zach had disappeared, but the behind-the-scenes truth proves pretty shocking. It's surprising that this kind of attitude still prevails in Hollywood when it seems like these are the roles managers would jump at to "really stretch" their actors. It's a shame that this one manager's hangups so negatively affected the "Heroes" team, but maybe this just opens up the opportunity to write in a new gay character ... with superpowers.

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NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 10 years
Nadia Potter WITH ALL RESPECT... that manager it´s not the best in the bussines. I´s Heroes a lot of actors want to be in that show. I hear that rumor a long time ago, but I think it was only that.. a rumor, and that the caracter was supose to be out of the storyline along with Claire´s mother and brother...
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
...i thought he was gay too. i had a best gay guy friend in high school. it was nice to have a friend that you knew there was NO chance of sexual awkwardness happening.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I thought he WAS gay! Like a straight teenage boy would be able to hang out with Perfect Hair Cheerleader Claire AND think, huh? AND be a jerk to her at some point? Yeah, I totally thought he was gay! That explains a lot, though. I expected him to come back working for the bad guy BECAUSE he had kind of a big character that just disappeared. Hmmm...Time to rethink that!
Phil Phil 10 years
is that around the time the show started writing the character out of the picture, I started to like him. What's hilarious is that there were signs that his character was gay from the beginning - why he didn't pick up on it initially is beyond me. [!SPOILER WARNING!] I think Kristin Veitch mentioned something in one of her posts many moons ago that since the Zach character has been written off the show, that we could look forward to one or two of the heroes coming out. Although, that may have just been an Ando joke. heehee
rkdub rkdub 10 years
I think it's time for someone to get a new manager....
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 10 years
I thought that character would come out as gay!
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
Wow, that manager could have effectly shot her client's career in the foot with the bonehead move.
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