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MAKE MY DAY GAY SAYS BOB.

MOVIE tough guy Bob Hoskins is ready to give up gangster roles...to play more gays.

He said his first gay part, playing homosexual FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover in Oliver Stone's Nixon, was one of his most enjoyable.

"Playing a homosexual is interesting for me," said Hoskins, who became a cult star in The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa.

He told America's top gay magazine Advocate: "It's O.K. playing gangsters all the time and having a gun in your hand, but then the gun is your performance. I want to do something more."

Hoskins, 53, and British actor Brian Bedford, who plays Hoover's lover Clyde Tolson, said they unnerved Oliver Stone by acting like gays off camera and frequently kissing the Oscar-winning director.

Hoskins is braced for a backlash from American gays, many of whom are angered by his portrayal of Hoover. He said: "That was part of the role. I am given a character, I'm given history, I'm given research and this is what I have come up with.

"If people are offended by it, what can I say? I did my job the best way I knew."
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Author:Hall, Allan
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 2, 1996
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