You know what might be a good film to watch before you go see THE SHAPE OF WATER if you don't plan to head out to the movie theater right away? GODS AND MONSTERS, the 1998 biopic that brought a Best Actor Oscar nomination to Ian McKellen. McKellen played James Whale, the British director in Hollywood who made revolutionary, popular box office movies yet had to recover from hitting a wall of Hollywood homophobia. He directed FRANKENSTEIN and BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, two monster movies that changed the look and production game of monster movie-making. The director was openly gay at a time when Hollywood may have seemed liberal but was really quite conservative. At that time, it preferred its people to stay in the closet.
Director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro told writer Chris Azzopardi in the December 17th post on www.intomore.com that he based the gay character that Richard Jenkins plays in THE SHAPE OF WATER on the late horror film director, James Whale.
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