Marc Maron rejected the role of “bad education” for lack of “gay-ness”.
“If I’m going to be gay in a movie, it would be a good guy to be with,” Maron said of HBO’s 2019 “Bad Education.”
Marc Maron wanted ‘Bad Education’ to be even weirder.
Based on a true story, the 2019 Emmy Award-winning TV movie starred Hugh Jackman as corrupt school district superintendent Frank Tassone, who embezzled millions of dollars in school funds. Frank’s husband Tom was played by Stephen Spinella and Rafael Casal played his friend Kyle, whose lifestyle in Las Vegas was partly financed by the stolen money.
Comedian Maron revealed that he auditioned for the role of Kyle, but was eventually turned down for a lack of “warmth”.
“I thought I was auditioning for your role,” Maron told guest Ray Romano on “WTF” podcast. “I just didn’t want to do it. I read the script and said I don’t want to do it. It was for a friend of Hugh Jackman. There’s nothing in it.”
Maron added: “I said, ‘If I’m going to be gay in a movie, (Jackman) would be a good guy if he was gay, but it doesn’t seem like there’s much else to the role.’ I said, “I’ll wait to be gay when there’s more gayness.”
Romano played school board president and real estate agent Bob Spicer in the film. He agreed that Kyle’s role “didn’t get a lot of screen time”.
Maron replied, “I love that movie. I hadn’t heard much about it – until Romano revealed – I think it was originally supposed to be in theaters.
The real-life Frank criticized some of his portrayal in the HBO film, saying:Coach Mike Podcast” in 2020, that there was an incorrect inference that he tried to hide his sexuality and that he regretted his marriage to a woman.
“There were a lot of hints, or at least I felt like I didn’t have a wonderful marriage or I didn’t love him that much, and I did,” Tassone said at the time. “I almost felt like it was disrespectful to him, and I really loved him.”
He went on to discuss his sexuality: “It upset me too because I’m not ashamed to be a gay man, and again, it just seemed a bit ugly. It confused and upset me when the detective questioned (husband) Steven and implied that Steven didn’t even know I was married. This was not the case. And I don’t understand why they had to bring my sexuality into the movie.”
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