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"2 Atlantans Taking a Chance on 'Queer'' The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Dec 2000)

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"2 Atlantans Taking a Chance on 'Queer'' from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
by Drew Jubera; courtesy of Teri Vogel; [published December 8th, 2000]

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Q: You mean that first sex scene with Randy?

A: Harold: I'll never forget that. It's unfathomable how important that experience was. I was pushed to the limit. We both read the sсript, knew what it was about and both decided to do it. Once we committed, there was no time to be nervous. It was just, "Go." It was exhausting.

Harrison: The big sex scene was on the second day of shooting. We had no choice --- it was all or nothing. So we just went for it. It was great. It broke down all the walls.

Q: Do have a sense the show is breaking down walls of gay sexuality on TV?

A: Harrison: We're all aware we're part of something special. There's an amazing feeling on the set. With the type of intimate scenes we have to do, it's a real family here. You feel you can do anything. There's no hesitancy; you never have to be afraid of doing something.

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@темы: 2000


Showing and Telling with Folk Cast (Nov 2000)

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'Showing and Telling with Folk Cast' from Chicago's Windy City Times
by Lawrence Ferber; courtesy of Occam's Razor; [published in the November 22nd, 2000 issue]

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One of the most talked-about things when it came the UK version was its first episode's explicit love scene between Stuart and Nathan. And even more specifically, the bit where Stuart licks the yummy lad's butt, teaching him the joys of rimming. I was pleased to see they kept that for the Showtime version between Brian and Justin. Did you two rehearse it?

RH: "There is no rehearsal necessary for butt lick."

Were you neurotic about being fresh down there?

RH: "No, actually I was very clean. I always am for the sex scenes, you never want to smell or anything. It's true;you never know where someone's head is going to be."

How DID Randy's butt taste, Gale?

GH: "Salty. He's a fairly hygenic person I would think. Not like saltines, more like a neck. A little cumin I guess."

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@темы: 2000, Queer as Folk


'Queer as F*ck' from XY Magazine (Nov 2000)

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'Queer as F*ck' from XY Magazine xymag.com/blog/
by Benjie Nycum; courtesy of dicaprio69; [published in the November 2000 issue]

Justin is 17, He goes to a private school in Pittsburgh. He has wild sex with 29-year-old Brian-- on television. And that's just the beginning of Showtime TV's new series Queer as Folk.

Queer as Folk is a scorching hot new series based on the runaway successful British version. Now the show's been made America, moved from Manchester to Pittsburgh, and everybody's favorite blonde hottie 15 yo Nathan Maloney has become 17yo Justin. The part is played by the real-life Randy Harrison, who-- though he's 22-- could easily pass for 15. In the first episode, to air Dec 3, Justin has his first sexual encounter with the 29yo Brian, which changes his life. He's smitten and develops an emotional attachment, but both of them are really after the sex. And unusually for American TV, they get it. This attachment is complicated by Brian's friend Michael [who always loved Brian.] Of course-- we saw this coming didn't we?-- Michael starts to reset Justin, and one can only image the delicious drama unfolding from there.
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@темы: 2000


'Boy Meets Queer World' from TV Guide (November 20th, 2000)

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(Nov 2000) 'Boy Meets Queer World' from TV Guide
by Michael Ausiello; courtesy of Tony; [published in the November 20th, 2000 issue]

Theater-trained actor Randy Harrison makes his television debut with Showtime's provocative new series Queer as Folk — and what an initiation it is. In the pilot episode, airing Dec. 3 on the cable network, the newcomer's 17-year-old alter ego, Justin, loses his virginity with a 29-year-old in a scene so sexually explicit that even the predominantly gay audience at last week's premiere screening in New York were squirming in their seats.

"It actually wasn't as much of an adjustment as I thought it would be," Harrison tells TV Guide Online of his transition from the stage to the small screen. "The cast is amazing and it's such a great environment up in Toronto (where Queer is shot). We all get along really well, which you sort of have to given the intimate nature of a lot of the stuff that we have to do. It's been really idyllic."

Although Queer as Folk delivers on its promise to be as racy as the British series on which it is based, Harrison points out that the show is not all skin and no substance. "If it were badly written, then I wouldn't have wanted to do it," he admits, "but the characters are so well written you want to play them."

Case in point: While the much talked about one-night stand between Justin and resident man-eater Brian (Gale Harold) may be graphic, it triggers a major awakening for Harrison's sheltered character. "It completely shakes him up," he says. "He's sort of thrown into this whole new world and quickly learns to adapt and play the game. It's really great to watch him become empowered and become more confident."

@темы: 2000


'Daring to be Queer as Folk' from The Advocate ( November 21st, 2000)

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еще одна статься из совсем ранних, до выхода пилота

'Daring to be Queer as Folk' from The Advocate
by Dennis Hensley; reprint text courtesy of Kevin Hewell; [published in the November 21st, 2000 issue]
An exclusive uncut & uncensored look behind the scenes on location with Showtime's big, bad, gay bombshell.

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More comfortable with that process, it seems, is 22 year-old Randy Harrison, making his TV debut as Justin, who's newly out and just fine with it. "The most challenging scenes aren't the most sexually provocative," shrugs the actor, who landed the part at his professional New York audition. "So far I've done a rimming scene, a hand-job scene, and several sex scenes, and those are easy. It's just moaning and getting in weird positions. The hard scenes are the emotional ones - like there's one in a therapist's office where I say to my mother, 'I like dick. I like getting fucked by dick, and I"m good at it too.' That was kind of hard."

It's lunchtime, and Harrison is leading the way through the gorgeously appointed set that is Brian's loft apartment, where a good deal of his aforementioned weird positions were executed. "This is my favorite part of the set, because the water comes down like a waterfall," he says, gesturing to Brian's five sided stainless steel and glass shower. "But it keeps changing temperature. We had to cut a million times during the sex scene, because it got really hot."

But then, as one of the show's two openly gay cast members, Harrison seems more than capable of handling the heat. "I'm aware of the dangers and repercussions [of being out]," says the Atlanta native, who has a boyfriend of 3½ years, a fellow actor he met while studying drama at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. "The way I see it, if I'm not true to myself, it doesn't matter what else I'm doing. There's enough bullshit in this business. I don't really need to add any of my own."

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@темы: 2000


'The Queerest Show on Earth' from New York Magazine (Sept 2000)

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не совсем про Рэнди, точнее совсем не только о Рэнди
но это первая статья из того, что мне попадалось, где о нем сказано довольно много.
upd: перевод на русский queerasfolk-rus.livejournal.com/110622.html

'The Queerest Show on Earth' from New York Magazine
by Charles Kaiser - courtesy of Teri Vogel; [in the Sept 8th, 2000 issue]

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Most people who know about the new production assumed that it would be toned down after word leaked out that Showtime had decided to age the youngest character from 15 to 17. But the producers have figured out how to have it both ways on the age issue: To fill the youngest role, they found a blond newcomer named Randy Harrison who looks about 14 even though he's about to celebrate his 23rd birthday. Harrison graduated from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music last March, did a single showcase in New York, found an agent, and landed the role of a lifetime last summer. Queer As Folk is the very first time he's ever been in front of a camera, and the director is already calling him "the two-take wonder."

As a member of Generation Y, Harrison felt little hesitation about announcing that he was gay. "I knew that if I ever were to become famous, I would be myself. I've had a boyfriend for three and a half years. I'm proud of that."

Unlike the character he plays, Harrison is a stranger to the gay club scene -- he never even bothered to go to the gym until he landed this role. On the other hand, he wasn't the least bit intimidated by the sex scenes, although he did find it tedious to have to fake so many orgasms "over and over and over again." He says he's warned his parents about what to expect, but "I don't think they believe it entirely. They keep saying, 'Well, they can't show anything too bad on TV.' And I keep saying, 'It's going to surprise you.' "

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