Weller deserves a big following, gay or otherwise. From here.
The April 10, 2007, issue of The Advocate has a piece on Broadway actor Frederick Weller, whose nice piece shot him to fame in the original cast of the not-wearing-very-many-clothes baseball drama Take Me Out.
Fred's a great actor aside from looking good showering, and if memory serves, he's as nice for real as most pro athletes just pretend to be. The article had me reminiscing about my meeting with him 11 years ago, when I interviewed him for the UK's Attitude regarding the release of Stonewall. Now, The Advocate refers to the film as a classic, but at the time there was a lot of controversy about its historical accuracy. But it has a lot of heart, and so does he. My full, unedited piece on Fred from back in the day follows after the jump, including my observation that he was predisposed to the stage, my identifying him as a star in the making (to be fair, what else do you say in those kinds of articles?) and his stating he wouldn't ever show the family jewels because, "Schlong on celluloid is usually pointless." He relaxed his thinking later on, at least for the stage.
In The Advocate, Fred discusses his new Terrence McNally play Some Men, in which he plays six characters, some of them queer. The openly hetero Weller is surrounded by lots of out gay actors, of whom he says, "[N]one of the guys I'm working with are closeted, and it seems like that's the healthiest way to be. Sure, they're not Hollywood superstars, but I still think it's honorable that they're not trying to keep anything secret. I'm glad there's nothing about me that I have to keep secret."
Some Men? He's some man. Check out my ancient profile on a future Broadway star after the jump.