Записи с темой: 2004 (список заголовков)

"Issues Over the Rainbow". Party 93.1 radio (March 26, 2004)

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Randy Harrison's interview with MarkyG at "Issues Over the Rainbow". Party 93.1 radio [March 26, 2004]


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Q&A from sho.com (July 2004)

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RANDY HARRISON Q&A from sho.com [July 12, 2004]

(перевод yurkuna.diary.ru/p182907883.htm)

1. The first record I ever bought was... The Muppet's Sing Metal Machine Music
2. My favorite place to be is... semi-consciousness
3. When I have some free time I like to... shoot squirrels
4. When I'm feeling sporty I... shower
5. When I turned 18 I... burnt an effigy of my former self
6. Record I've currently been listening to... Electralane: The Power Out
7. A movie that has moved me recently was... Winter Light
8. My biggest vice is... revealing too much of myself in online questionnaires
9. A song I know all the words to is... the entire album ( ) by Sigur Rós
10. The worst question I've ever been asked in an interview was... could you answer these questions as Justin?
11. The last concert I saw was... Gogol Bordello at Irving Plaza
12. My favorite quote is... "We knew the world generally sucked and we didn't want to be a part of it. We wanted to do something else, which amounts to not wanting to get up in the morning and have a real job." - Wayne Kramer

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DNA, Playing Justin (Nov 2004)

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DNA, Playing Justin (# 58, November 2004)

перевод queerasfolk-rus.livejournal.com/94341.html

Playing Justin
The star of Queer As Folk talks about those sex scenes and why he's not at all like his character, Justin.

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DNA: Do you hang out with any of the cast outside of work?

RH: Not really. I mean, we all get along and are all friends, but we don't hang out.

DNA: The sex scenes are always pretty hot. How do you and Gale Harold prepare for them?

RH: We don't prepare for them really. Actually, a lot of it is the trick of the camera, the lighting and music that they put on it. Generally we do it as quickly as possible and it depends on how elaborate it needs to be. They sketch out what needs to be done physically like you would choreograph something ahead of time.

DNA: At DNA we get mail from people confusing Justin the fictional character with Randy the actor who plays him. Do you find this too?

RH: Yeah, I do. Fan mail is odd, though. I think it may be normal for TV actors. People have spent four years seeing me playing this one character and they may never see me do anything else. People often confuse me with the character and, yes, I get fan mail addressed to Justin.

DNA: How different is Randy Harrison to Justin Taylor?

RH: I'm very different. We have very little in common, actually.

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'Show has fans from queer and far' (October 2004)

Show has fans from queer and far
Posted by Eleanor Sprawson; Sydney Daily Telegraph; October 27, 2004.

Randy Harrison will always have Paris, but it will never be particularly Parisien. The American star of SBS’s cult hit, Queer as Folk, went to the French capital recently seeking his fix of culture and cafes – and instead found Australians.

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While the series which follows the lives and loves of a group of gay friends living in Pittsbugh started off on SBS with a largely gay audience, viewership has broadened as more and more viewers find themselves addicted to an adult drama with a sense of humour.

“It’s huge with middle-aged women in Australia, which is the case here too. I think they relate to Debbie,” he says. Played by Sharon Gless, who is best known for her role as Cagney in Cagney and Lacey, Justin’s waitress mother, Debbie, has been getting more and more storylines as the show goes beyond its initial in-your-face celebration of gay culture.

Harrison says that all the actors have been relishing the show more and more now that it has moved beyond its flag-waving.

“The controversy surrounding the sexuality and all of that was definitely there at the beginning but that’s died down, which is comforting,” he says. “Having said that, the focus of so much of the fourth season are things that have very much to do with gay politics in the States, that’s definitely the spine of the show. In fact they’re having trouble writing it fast enough because as they’re writing things are happening and laws are changing.

“So, you know, no matter how fast we go it’s probably going to be a little outdated by the time it airs.”

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Queer as Folk confidential, the Advocate (July 2004)

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Queer as Folk confidential, from the Advocate, By Wenzel Jones [6 July 2004]


Queer as Folk confidential.

In revealing answers to our questions about the first four seasons of Showtime's hit series, QAF cast members and the show’s creators talk about whether they like their characters, what they’d change about the show, and how QAF has changed television forever.

By Wenzel Jones

Randy Harrison

1. What has been the biggest evolution in your character’s personality or life situation since he first appeared?
Finishing puberty, losing his virginity, and leaving home.

2. If your character was a real person, would you be his friend? Why or why not?
It’s difficult for me to imagine Justin as a real person. He’s so thoroughly a character created for serial television that his behavior, though dramatically justified on Queer as Folk, would register as childish, self-obsessed and absurd if it were displaced into the reality I’m familiar with. How could I be friends with someone who has nervous breakdowns at spilled marinara sauce, assaults high school enemies with small firearms, and has been systematically and repeatedly betrayed, lied to, condescended to, and humiliated by his boyfriend for four years? Were I placed into the TV wonderland of Queer as Folk, on the other hand, Justin and I would fuck once, realize we were twins separated at birth, and try to get our parents back together using elaborately quirky schemes. I’d most like to tell Justin to calm down. Maybe get him into a yoga class. read more

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'Queer As Folk star to visit Columbus June 12' (June 2004)

'Queer As Folk’ star to visit Columbus June 12
Posted By Lisa K. Zellner on outlooknews.com; June 2004.

Randy Harrison likes the realness of his New York life in lower Manhattan. He hates the superficiality of Los Angeles. And he doesn’t personally know anyone in real life who is like his character on Showtime’s hit series Queer as Folk.

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This season, QAF’s fourth, Harrison’s character Justin has turned from taking a stand against discrimination to a more vigilante approach with a group the show calls the Pink Posse.

“That was really hard for me to do,” Harrison said. “Justin is always such a very rational character, very empathetic and moral, for the lack of a better word. But I sort of related to it because I understand where the character was coming from.

“I’ve never had that kind of anger. I’ve never been bashed. But the writers are mostly older gay men in their 60s and what they faced is drastically different than what I have faced personally,” he said. ‘I think that kind of anger prevents some gay people from reaching out to people who could potentially be our supporters. There’s a sort of self-segregation that comes from that kind of anger that can turn into hating straight people, which is so counter productive.

“That was so hard to play because it’s not at all where I come from. I’ve been out of the closet since I was 15. It was not that much of a big thing to me.”

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'Randy Harrison discusses the ins and outs of his ‘QAF’ role' (April 2004)

Justin time: Randy Harrison discusses the ins and outs of his ‘QAF’ role
Posted by Loann Halden on twnonline.org; April 2004.

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"I think the hardest thing for me is – I’ve never had any problem being out and I love talking about gay issues and stuff – but because I came out at the same time that I became known as this character, people have such a hard time differentiating me from Justin and my story from Justin’s, which can become frustrating because sometimes people are asking me about things like: ‘How did it feel when Brian showed up at your prom?’ " Harrison says.

"You’re like, ‘You’re talking about Justin. How did I feel playing that part or how do I think Justin felt?’ You feel like you’re picking over someone’s semantics when you correct them, but it’s a really significant thing.

"It’s also strange to represent something that isn’t necessarily yourself, and people are always going to associate my opinion about a gay issue with whatever it seems the opinion of ‘Queer of Folk’ is on that issue," he adds. "But I’m actually really glad that I’m a part of something that does talk about issues. I feel like we were the first show that really showed gay sexuality on television. As trashy as it can potentially get, it is a significant thing to occur and to now exist. I’m really glad about that. I would have rather been doing this than practically any other TV series – except for a few."

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That’s so ‘Queer’, Express (Apr 2004)

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That’s so ‘Queer’ from Express, by Mary Damiano, expressgaynews.com [April 09, 2004]

That’s so ‘Queer’
Randy Harrison on being a role model; Thea Gill on being naked; and Scott Lowell on being melancholy

Friday, April 09, 2004

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Harrison scoffs when people tell him that they’ve seen him naked.

“When people say that, I just think, ‘No you haven’t,’” he says. “You don’t know what it’s like to be naked in a room with me.”

Harrison says that the most difficult part of shooting the intimate scenes with Harold is that they have a hard time keeping a straight face.

“Now we start laughing in the middle of it because it feels so stupid to be pounding against each other for no reason,” he says.

His greater concern is exploitation, and how much nudity and sex is integral to the plot, the character and the show.

“It’s clearly what brings the show attention, so naturally they’re going to play it up,” Harrison says. “It gets frustrating because you’re always worried that you’re going to be taken advantage of. And you know that there’s a quota about how much sex they need. It’s stupid but you will accidentally overhear, ‘We need more of Justin’s ass in this episode.’”

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'Harrison Gets Wicked in Broadway Debut' (June 2004)

Harrison Gets Wicked in Broadway Debut
Posted by Andrew Gans on playbill.com; June 22, 2004.

Wicked welcomes "Queer as Folk" star Randy Harrison to the land of Oz

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Through July 25, Harrison can be seen as munchkin Boq, the role created on Broadway by Christopher Fitzgerald, who will return to the part after a stint at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Though Wicked marks Harrison's Broadway debut, the openly gay actor is no stranger to the musical theatre.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music, Harrison has appeared in productions of Grease, Anything Goes and West Side Story and received his Equity card after a production of 1776 at the St. Louis Muny Theatre. Harrison admits, however, that he has purposefully avoided musicals for the past few years. "I was doing so many musicals I got sort of frustrated with [them] and wanted to do something different," Harrison said a week before his Wicked debut. "By the time I graduated [from the Conservatory of Music], I was like, 'I gotta do something different for awhile' because I didn't want to be trapped in musical theatre. But now it's been five years since I've done a musical, and I'm really excited to go back."

Wicked marks Harrison's third New York stage outing. Having made his Off-Broadway debut in the MCC production of A Letter from Ethel Kennedy, he was also a part of Sophie Rand's dark comedy Deviant at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival. Replacing an actor in a big Broadway musical, however, poses its own set of challenges. Unlike the four-to-six-week rehearsal period that actors enjoy before a show opens, replacement actors have comparatively little time to shape their performance. "I think I'll go in having had about six or seven rehearsals [plus] watching the show a lot," said Harrison. "It's plenty of time to learn it, though, at least for this part. I know where I stand and where I go and when I say what I say, but I'll never really have the opportunity to work with the people I'm going to be onstage with until I'm onstage with them."

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Lumino (June 2004)

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Lumino [volume1, issue 5, June 2004]

P1. Randy Harrison: "Don't call him Justin"

P2. Randy Harrison: one of the folks at home


Photo courtesy of Norman Jean Roy/Showtime

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As for his love affair with Brian, Harrison remains skeptical. It was always pretty evident that Brian, throughout the relationship, needed Justin more than Justin needed him. Even though Brian financially supported the young student for a short while, emotionally, the ball was always in Justin’s court.

"I think they’re not meant to be together. There is the age difference for starters," Harrison says. "Everything that Justin and Brian have created looks a bit juvenile now, and Justin realizes that."

That's a pretty tough hit to the fans, many of who look at Justin and Brian as the gay Ross and Rachel.

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Randy Harrison. Interviews.