Isaiah Washington, who was fired from his role on Grey’s Anatomy in 2007 for using homophobic slurs, is truly supportive of football player, Michael Sam coming out of the closet.
While on the red carpet for the Pan African Film Festival’s premiere of Blue Caprice, HipHollywood caught up with the actor to get his reaction on the college athlete and NFL prospect who recently revealed that he is gay.
“I’m going to always side with my brothers,” Washington told us. “If this brother playing ball is brave enough and strong enough to tell the world ‘hey, this is who I am’ and that’s the man in him … Then we have to respect that.”
He continued, “People forget that I came out and played a gay character in Get on the Bus and got horribly ostracized for it in Fort Greene, Brooklyn afterwards.”
“I was invited to GLAAD in New York at that time in 1997 and was touted as the poster boy for everything good about gay,” he said. “So this idea of me just now becoming a supporter and being on the front lines of supporting my brothers no matter who they’re sleeping with, I can only be an African American man,” Washington explained.
Although the actor has always been a supporter of gay rights, the 50-year-old’s use of homophobic slurs during an argument with his former co-star, Patrick Dempsey taunted his career.
After being fired from the ABC show, the actor took a break from Hollywood, which he revealed to HipHollywood earlier this year that he’s glad it actually happened. “Now I’m a better husband, a better father, better business person, a better producer for it,” he told us.
Washington’s film Blue Caprice is available on DVD.
Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves
To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.
But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.
“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”
In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.
When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”
Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”
Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday.
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