Philadelphia

1993 – Was the inspiration for the gay dance party video they reenacted in the studio with the Goo Goo Dolls. Could only find video of them singing Name, but here’s audio of the Goo-Goo Dolls singing Iris, where Johnny Rzeznik cracks up, also from the gay dance party.  Howard danced with Gay Rich, Fred with John Stewart, and Gary danced Jackie. Howard, John and Gary were in navy whites, and Fred, Jackie and Gay Rich in nothing but a g-string while the Goo Goo Dolls sang.  When Tom Hanks got very emotional in his Academy Award acceptance speech later that year, the guys played it and goofed on him mercilessly.

In 2014, Howard was asking Eric the Actor about not playing a gay guy.  Howard and George both mentioned great actors who’ve taken gay roles like in The Dallas Buyers’ Club and Brokeback Mountain.  Eric said he’s not homophobic because he watched the movie Philadelphia.  Robin said that even Will Smith, who played gay in Six Degrees of Separation wouldn’t deliver a gay kiss, so there is still that reluctance from big Hollywood stars to play gays.

Philadelphia on IMDb

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