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Thomas Jane talks about gay-hooker past after controversial remarks

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Remember when Thomas Jane was on Arrested Development as Thomas Jane, pretending to be homeless to more fully realize the role of a homeless man? And do you remember when he played a gay hustler in The Velocity of Gary? And do you remember how he plays a non-gay hustler on Hung? Well, here's some serious art-imitates-life shit for you, courtesy of Jane's interview with the Los Angeles Times. When asked about some controversial remarks he made about his character on Hung ("I told HBO, the year I end up with a penis in my mouth is the last year of the show") which some considered offensive, Jane said that he was talking about what he felt was right for the character, not his own views. When asked if he wanted to clarify his position any further, he said this:

Well, here's your chance.

Hey, you grow up as an artist in a big city, as James Dean said, you're going to have one arm tied behind your back if you don't accept people's sexual flavors. You know, when I was a kid out here in L.A., I was homeless, I didn't have any money and I was living in my car. I was 18. I wasn't averse to going down to Santa Monica Boulevard and letting a guy buy me a sandwich. Know what I mean?

Do you feel that experience had any cost or was it just doing what you had to do?

You're a lot more open to experimentation as a young man. And for me, being a young artist and broke in Los Angeles, I was exploring my sexual identity. And probably because of my middle-class, white, blue-collar upbringing, I would have never had the opportunity to confront some of my own fears and prejudices had I not been hungry enough to be forced to challenge myself in that way.

In truth, I think his remarks — his ham-handed, tone-deaf remarks — probably sounded much worse than he meant them to. Some people just aren't well versed in the vocabulary of sexuality. (A vocabulary that, it must be said, changes all the time.) I feel like he's sort of digging himself deeper the more he talks about it, but it seems likely his intent wasn't the same as the interpretation.

Oh, right, I guess the big draw here is about how he used to turn tricks with dudes. That's… very candid of him. Oh, and no, Thomas, I don't know what you mean when you say "buy me a sandwich." Please send a very detailed description of these events to me ASAP. Thanks.