You all know, I presume, that the Alexander film is coming up, supposedly end of November and that sources promise that there will be references to Alexander's bisexuality, including sexy Jared Leto playing Hephaistion, Alexander's lover, and a lovely newcomer, Francisco Bosch to play the Persian boy,Bagoas. Recent reports say that the film's release was delayed due to the studio insisting some explicit sex scenes between Alexander and Bagoas be cut. Story here: http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2004-09-30
although the studio denies it.
Whether or not Hollywood will show anything, I think us slashy types have a lot to look forward to. Bagoas, for those who may not know, was a eunuch who dazzled two kings (Darius and Alexander) with his beauty and historical sources state became Alexander's lover (his eromenos). Capella dug up this story about how the actor was chosen to portray Bagoas.
Interview between Alexander's choreographer Piers Gielgud and reporter:
Carol: Alexander has a huge dance cast. How long did it take to get everyone together before shooting?
Piers: It felt like forever! My first job on joining the production was to help the Casting Director, Lucinda Syson, find the two main characters that dance. Most difficult to find was the eunuch Bagoas who had to be an androgynous 17-year-old boy of extraordinary beauty, as well as being an amazing dancer, who could act. Lucinda had been searching for months, looking at both male and female actors, dancers, models, transsexuals, real eunuchs etc. but to no avail. My wife Suzanne suggested the Spanish ENB dancer Francisco Bosch, who she'd recently signed. We both coached him on his dialogue and I choreographed a solo for him, which he performed for Oliver in his office. Oliver was blown away and Francisco was virtually offered the part on the spot. The part of the Princess Roxane was too difficult an acting role for the dancers we submitted, and it eventually went to the actress Rosario Dawson who is fortunately a gifted amateur dancer. Suzanne went on to cast all the remaining dancers in Alexander but because of the other films with dancers going on at the same time, very few people were available. I only had a full cast together literally by the first day of rehearsal on each occasion. I was very lucky in that all the dancers I got to work with were truly amazing. I like to work with the same people when I can, and now I'm seriously spoilt for choice. There was a very magical atmosphere on Alexander - it's going to be a tough act to follow.
Full text here: http://www.constellation-change.co.uk/pages/productions/dance45.htm
Go here for a pic of Francisco Bosch:
Major yum. Can you just see this young man with long hair dressed in a spangled loin cloth dancing before Alexander. Just kinda makes the mouth water.