In the wake of a recent sexual assault allegation, director Bryan Singer has been out of the public spotlight, declining to do any press or interviews for his upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past.
However, before the accusations, he opened up in an interview with Out magazine about his complicated sexuality, homophobia in his films, and his reaction to Ellen Page’s powerful coming out. An editor’s note on the Out website states that “Singer declined additional comment to Out beyond this public statement released last month.”
Since the scandal broke, many questions have been raised about Singer’s personal life and sexual orientation. In the interview he says, “I’m quite bisexual. In the last five years, I’ve had two girlfriends — one for two years, one for eight months. Talking about human sexuality is like talking about the second World War. If you look at the Kinsey Report, human sexuality is so complex. And the reason I’ve never talked about it to the press — until now — is because sexuality is so complex. To have a real conversation about it, you really want to have the person you’re talking to in front of you. In the end, it’s probably going to be a guy. I emotionally lean towards male relationships, so I’m happy to say I’m gay, too, if it’s a one-syllable, easy answer.”
Because Singer has cast “hunks” like Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine in the X-Men franchise, many people assume it reflects his personal tastes as well. Quite the contrary according to the director. “On screen, it’s different. People I cast, oddly enough, are not my type. People always assumed [otherwise] — like when I did Superman Returns with Brandon Routh. Not my type at all. Handsome guy, don’t get me wrong. He reminded me of Christopher Reeve — also not my type.” Unfortunately, Singer says he still receives many homophobic responses from his comic book-based movies. “How is a fan of the X-Men saying incredibly intolerant things? They just like the claws and the cool shit? Don’t they get what these comic books are about? They’re about tolerance. That’s the whole theme. Who knows? Maybe they’re just assholes.”
Singer also talked about seeing X-Men actress Ellen Page right after she had come out in February. “She just seemed so much happier and relaxed and talkative, to the point where we all said, ‘Ellen, you seem to be kind of glowing.’”
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