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Here's the real story about Zach on Heroes

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 24th 2007 2:20PM

Heroes - ZachIn an interview with Popgurls.com, Heroes producer Bryan Fuller discloses that, yes, the character of Zach on the show was indeed gay and they were going to follow the story through, but then negotiations with the actor's (Thomas Dekker) management got "ugly."

Fuller says that Zach was going to come out on the show and actually help Claire "come out" about her superpower, but then reps for Dekker said that they didn't want to make the character gay because it might hurt his chances of getting the role of John Connor in the new series The Sarah Connor Chronicles. So they took out a line that would have said that Zach was gay and never really got into it again, though in everyone's mind the character was still gay. Fuller, gay himself, says that he was hurt and insulted by the entire "debacle."

They had whole episodes revolving around Zach planned, but then his reps pulled him from the show completely.

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You got it Rob (22), and we only have to look at the final sentence of neanderthal posting (20) for proof. That's the attitude that has actors and their management running for the hills when this stuff comes up.

And by the way folks (hi again, 20), what's with all these silly names? You think it makes you sound militaristic or something? Gads. What's wrong with "Biff", or in 20's case "Caveman"?

April 25 2007 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not to sound heartless but I think is involvement had gone far enough. I mean, the whole context was there, he just didn't have to say it. In real life it's a bit the same thing, you don't always need to red flag it. Besides his message went to Claire's heart and I'm happy the show is moving along. He was a good confident thought.

April 25 2007 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Let's face it, in the U.S., male actors who play gay characters in primetime shows get typecast. Since Will&Grace folded, name one TV or movie with Eric McCormack or Sean Hayes in it. Can't name one? That's because there isn't one. For a young actor starting out this could be a huge problem. Why is it a problem? A large portion of Amercians are homophobic and racist. Period. The latest example being that stupid army general who said homosexuality is immoral. So don't blame the actor or his management. Blame yourselves.

April 25 2007 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

. It's a lot sad that it did not end up working out, because with the way this show has found a way to explore emotions and relationships, I think they would have handled this angle of the story quite well, and would have done a great thing, by giving the show a metaphoric and societal relevance.

April 25 2007 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just think that any kind of "difference" issue should be left out because that takes away the main point of the show. It's like making Wolverine a chick or something...people would be talking about why they did that instead of actually getting the show across...same thing with making a character gay, I just think there would be more talk/concentration on that instead of the actual show. And I am sorry to say that if they ever did put a gay character in, I will stop watching it.

April 25 2007 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

But he was gonig to be the "gay charater" on a season of Heros. Picard was a charater that last 15 years. There is a difference.

April 24 2007 at 11:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watched Dead Like Me several times now, I have never picked up that. Of course I like the way it turned out anyways. I think if he turned out gay that would mess up the show's feelings.

April 24 2007 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimbo Jones

The same thing happened with Fuller on 'Dead Like Me' with George's Dad. The executives removed a sub-plot about him having a gay affair that was heavily hinted early on.

April 24 2007 at 9:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's a shame Dekker felt that way, but hey it's the reality of Showbiz, people can get typecast. But he needs to realize that every role he takes he risk the chance of being typedcast by that character.

It happens to everyone, i've seen Patrick Stewart in a dozen movies and yet to me he is still Capt. Picard. It happens, it's a risk you take when you sign on for the role.

April 24 2007 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hate gay charaters if they are only there to make it seem like the creators aren't assholes. On Heros there was a whole storyline planned out with the cheerleader and him coming out.

And it's really dumb to go off a hugely popular show for a show that will be on Fox and not get more than a season.

April 24 2007 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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