Theo James: It's Time for a Gay Action Hero

"Hopefully the day isn't far away," the actor replied when asked for his thoughts on an LGBT superhero

By Alyssa Toomey Mar 20, 2014 11:19 PMTags
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Theo James isn't just a hottie—he's also a heartthrob with a heart of gold.

In a new interview with The Advocate, the Divergent stud opened up about the flick, which, like the Hunger Games, features a strong female heroine who doesn't need to rely on a man. And while some actors in Hollywood may be uncomfortable letting a lady take the lead, James admits he wishes there were more powerful roles for women and even hopes the world will one day embrace an LGBT action hero.

"We're in a world where masculinity, especially with these big spectacle movies, is often pushed by rippling six packs and forcing an image down someone's throat trying to prove masculinity. Whereas I think true masculinity comes from having a strong sense of self," he says. "Part of what drew me to Four was his concept of masculinity, specifically in how he relates to Tris and their relationship. He's intrigued by her but respectful of her bravery and her personality traits."

"It's a mutual relationship rather than one based on her fawning for a man," he continued. "Her being strong doesn't de-masculate him, and hopefully that's pushing a more positive message about gender equality."

Solid point. And James hopes the success of the Hunger Games as well as the initial praise for Shailene Woodley's performance in Divergent will push Hollywood to recognize the desire for more diversity.

"It's frustrating we still don't see more movies featuring strong women," he admitted. "But it does seem like things are beginning to change with films like this and The Hunger Games."

And that desire for diversity extends beyond gender, according to James, who said he supports the idea of an LGBT superhero, although he admitted he's not sure if it will happen in the near future.

"It's very hard to tell," he said. "Because today there are great shows like Looking, poignant pieces of work that revolve around a central cast of characters that happen to be gay. But I remember when Queer as Folk came out and thinking, 'Things are changing. Maybe there will be more [shows like this].' And then suddenly there was a drought. Hopefully the day [we have a gay action hero] isn't far away."

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