There is probably very little reason to remember the 1988 erotic-thriller Masquerade that starred Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Catrall and Doug Savant here, besides the fact that that might be the most 1988 cast ever typed. (Sidenote: I always forget Kim Catrall did a lot of movies in the 80s -- I re-watched the first Police Academy movie last week on Netflix, for The Gute natch, and there she was!) And yet here I am remembering Masquerade. As it turns out...
... there are a couple of reasons to remember the movie, and they are (unsurprisingly, given the person typing these words you are reading) Rob Lowe and Doug Savant. Lowe in the 80s is a given (and I've posted a couple of shots of him in this movie here & here) but Savant, Savant I only really knew as the homosexual Matt Fielding on Melrose Place, and I spent the entire run of that show wishing another actor had been given the gay role. (Also that they'd had a clue what to do with a gay, which they never did.) But now...
... looking back at Doug strutting around in his tighty-whities as Rob Lowe watches with, it must be said, a great deal of interest, well now I think I shall entirely blame the people making Melrose Place for not knowing what to do with Doug Savant. Because he clearly could've brought something if he'd been allowed to. See more of that something right on after the jump...
Goodness. Savant now, in looking at this, seems far sexier than he did during the brief period when I was watching Melrose Place. Hmmmmmm.
Yep, they tragically didn’t know what to do with a gay character in MP, even if at beginning it was good they decided to include one among the main characters
Yeah and the thing about it is, most of the cast on Melrose Place was focused heavily on their sex appeal. When I see this scene, I can see that Doug has sex appeal as well. It's just the people behind Melrose Place we're too afraid to show that side of him on the show, I guess because he played a main gay character among an ensemble cast in a tv show, something which from back in the early nineties was a bit taboo, but whatever. He doesn't even have his shirt off for most of the seasons. They just made him out to look more conservative when you compare him to the rest of the male actors on the show.
Not his fault-this was in the era when gay characters could only be sexless, sweet, non-threatening eunuchs who existed to listen to the straight people's problems.
I have always thought that Doug Savant is smoldering hot, and his very substantial acting skills often seem to have been underappreciated. He'd still be great at playing a gay role, and today that character could be fully fleshed out rather than neutered as it was in the 1990s.
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