Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hal Sparks speaks

Since being named the 'Funniest Teenager in Chicago' by the Chicago Sun Times in 1987, Hal Sparks has gone on to host 'Talk Soup' on E! Entertainment Television and star as lovable Michael Novotny on the ground-breaking television show 'Queer as Folk'.

He's appeared in several feature films and his band, Zero 1, recently released their debut album. He's currently touring the country with his stand-up comedy and tonight and tomorrow night he will be appearing at Denver's Comedy Works.

I caught up with Hal yesterday and we talked about politics, being magnificent in the sack, and why there will never be a 'Queer as Folk' movie.

Full interview after the jump.

Hal Sparks speaks
By Drew Wilson


Drew: For people who only know you through your acting, how would you describe your stand-up comedy?
Hal: I’ve been trying to decide whether it’s more brilliant than funny or more funny than brilliant but I think it’s a neat balance of both personally.

You walk the razor’s edge.
If you flipped the coin of brilliant and funny on my act, the coin would land perfectly on it’s side – and stay totally still.

I saw that in a 'Twilight Zone' episode once.
I think it’s a comedian’s job to kind of take it to the root level and take any kind of concept, idea or institution that people hold dear and basically chew at its root like a beaver to see if it falls over.

What does chewing at the root of comedy taste like?
Usually it tastes like chocolate because most of our society is built on the idea of being an adult but still eating sweets. Everything is built on chocolate.

So tasty.
I address what I think are the real important truths. For instance, Starbucks does not sell coffee - they sell milkshakes. People need to come to terms with the fact that every morning before work they get up and they have a milkshake. If it’s 80 percent sugar, ice-cream and whip cream and you breathe coffee over the top of it, that does not make it coffee. Coffee is that shitty brown liquid your dad drank and you said ‘ew’ and wrinkled your nose at.

Speaking of wrinkling your nose, with everything else you've done in your career are you sick of being identified as Michael from 'Queer as Folk'?
I’ll never get tired of people liking Michael and I’m proud of that association, honestly.

Now that it's been over for a few years, what do you think the significance of QAF was on the cultural landscape?
I think it was very influential. Not to toot our own horn but it definitely was. In California, gay marriage is legal right now and that’s a huge step forward and I think the show had a lot to do with it. You have to understand who was watching it a lot of teenagers and college kids and what happened was that those kids are voting now and at a very young age they were shown that the way gay people had been treated was unfair and they were able to come at it from a completely different point of view.

I think what happened is, and I’ve always said this, the benefits of QAF would only be genuinely appreciated and felt four years after the show ended and it’s been about two and a half years and you can really see it starting to happen. The religious right and the other psychopaths on that side have been trying to stop the march toward gay rights and the truth is, it’s like trying to push toothpaste back in a tube. It’s not gonna happen.

You can’t keep young people bigoted once they’ve seen an alternative view.

Wow. So now that the 'Sex in the City' movie has paved the way for a $100 million opening, when can we expect the 'Queer as Folk' movie?
No way will there ever be a 'Queer as Folk' movie.

Really? Why not?
Because a couple of the cast members I know for sure wouldn’t do it and I’m certain that the executive producers Ron and Dan wouldn’t want to work with them either.

Bad blood?
Uh, yeah.

Gimme the dirt! What happened?
My feeling always was, an an actor - and especially as one of the straight actors on the show, that, to a degree, it was my job to do my lines the way they were written and mind my fucking business because our executive producers and many of our writers were gay and were creating these scripts and lines to tell their stories. What, I’m gonna come in and say, 'well I don’t think my character would do that'?. It’s like, seriously? Fuck off. Let's just say there was a little bit of, um, pushback with some of the other actors on the show.

The gay ones or the straight ones?
Um, one of each, actually. There ended up being a lot of negativity in kind of just trying to get loving storylines done and it was a tall order.

That sucks.
Yeah. I’m still in contact with many of the people from the show like Bobby Gant, who played my character’s boyfriend, and Harris, who played my son. Both of those guys put a lot of themselves into that show and worked really friggin’ hard and I have a really low tolerance, personally, for anybody who would interrupt that process of peple trying to do good work just because of ego and bullshit.

So those two people, and I’m sure the people out there in Queer as Folkland have some idea who I’m talking about, I wouldn’t work with them again in any capacity.

Can we kill them off?
It’d be a little hard although I’m for it. That’s a joke. Relax. But there is a chance and I always push Ron and Dan in this direction and I think it would be very healthy to do something like 'QAF: Miami' or 'QAF: Chicago' where they took a different group of people and brought the show back that way. You could have Ted or one of the other characters go there and lead us through the beginnings.

That would be great.
Well, thank you. I thought so myself.

Where do we go to sign the petition to make that happen?
I would go to Showtime about it. If anybody could do it it would be them. I’d exec produce it but I have no business going anywhere near a gay show as anything other than an actor.

My best friend growing up came out of the closet when I was 19 or 20 but his parents still don’t know and it’s always been tough for him. He’s always viewed my taking the role of Michael as kind of a gift to him. In some ways I guess it was but in other ways it just made so much sense to me to do it I could see no downside other than the fearful career BS that people got so worked up about what if you never work again well then I’m an asshole and it’s my problem.

It really was never a concern for you to play gay?
No. It was more of a concern actually for the gay actors and I think it turned out to be right because I think the gay actors on the show have had a harder time working after the show than the straight ones have. That’s a fact and it’s a shameful one. I think it points to gay casting directors in Los Angeles who are unable to look past the job they did more than anything else. It’s one of my pet peeves. I’ve read in front of casting directors knowing full well they’re gay and knowing they wouldn’t let other gay actors get past them.

So what else are you working on currently?
I was under contract for six years straight with 'Talk Soup' and then QAF one right after the other so I was working full-time and not able to tour with stand-up or music or even do any film/ now the direction I’m going is to tour with stand-up because I consider that my primary art, my band is going in to the studio in November to do our second record and I’m working on a couple of features one I’m writing and two I’m developing. The big one that I’m most proud of is called 'Undercover Band' about an ‘80s metal cover band that saves the world from a psycho cult.

I’d buy a ticket.
It’s a good time. I wrote it and it’s very funny. I’m very proud of it. And there are some other things I’m securing the rights to but in the meantime it’s nice to be a stand up because I have my life and I can live and make a living while I’m doing other things and I can really enjoy what I do with my career.


I do a little feature here on the blog called 'Who Would You Do?' where I match up two different people to see who my readers find the most desirable. You're totally whupping Jimmy Fallon's ass.
Yeah? Well first of all, I’m honored. That kind of thing is always nice. I won 'Cutest Billboard' in San Francisco and that made for a good time driving through the city. I guess people have seen more of me than Jimmy so they know what they’re getting. I’m not sure there’s anything in 'Taxi' that would lead your readers to believe that Jimmy would be good in bed. Sadly, it’s true that I’m straight but I have to tell you, I am magnificent in the sack.

Nice. What else would you like to say to readers of MileHighGayGuy.com?
Friend me on myspace.com and also that I’m pushing Obama hard and I can’t begin to stress what the Supreme Court would look like after a McCain/Palin win. She actually belongs to a church that believes you can pray the gay out of people so a Barack Obama win is a moral imperative. It’s nice to have such a stark contrast in this election – if we don’t pull this off we’re boned. A McCain/Palin presidency would just be brutal. I'd hate to see all the work we've done for gay rights just get flushed down the crapper.

134 comments:

  1. bI hope you werent talking about gale harold and randy harrison becuase hal you should watch your mouth for saying that kind of crap I would never ever want to work with you ever and I would work with gale or randy in a heartbeat so back off reality star.

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    1. Well, I hated Michael in the series. He should stick to stand-up.

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  2. I liked Michael in QAF but feel indifferent toward Hal Sparks until now. I appreciated his involvement and liked his acting in QAf (except when he interpreted Michael as a whining 10 years old sometimes). But this interview really turned me off.

    QAF ending was perfect. I wouldn't want to have a movie at all to have a close ending. If Hal and the producers Ron and Dan think there is a movie, so be it. To think there is a movie without Gale and Randy? It must be out of their minds. Ron and Dan "won't work with them?" Great, that’s why there is no movie. Really, Hal, Ron, and Dan, there is no need to be so bitter about Gale's or Randy's reluctance to continue to work on QAF. I support their decisions 100%. And I’m sure they are grateful for ever being in such a great show.

    In many interviews Peter Paige talked about his input in some of his lines and the love storyline around Ted and Emmett. Sharon Gless did the same (e.g. the line "I’m too heavy" in 303). So what’s wrong with this particular actor coming to say 'well I don’t think my character would do that'? Just because Hal didn’t like to have input, it doesn't mean anyone else didn’t. To single this out and complain about some pushback really says about Hal's character.

    Because Hal’s tendency to badmouth, I never took Chris Potter’s somewhat homophobic comments on a couple of occasions too seriously. I only felt sorry that he had to work with Hal. It had to be difficult for him to work with Hal, especially on those intimate scenes.

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  3. What a TOOL. Move on, Hal.

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  4. It is only fair to point out that a huge proportion of the fandom didn't think Brian and Justin would have done 80% of the things they did in Seasons 4 and 5 either. We strongly believe the writer/producers were contemptuous of us as well as the actors, and many of us return the sentiment.

    At the time it seemed fairly clear from his offscreen remarks that Randy Harrison was not happy, but I'm unaware of Gale Harold ever saying anything negative publicly, and he behaved with remarkable professionalism trying to make Brian believable when the writers had clearly come to despise the character.

    Many fans refuse even to acknowledge those seasons as part of "canon" because they are so full of continuity errors, discrepancies with the characterisation in earlier seasons and situations and lines that were widely interpreted as slights on the actors' personal lives. As soon as the show finished and Gale and Randy were off the air, more than half the fandom evaporated. There was no longer anything to talk about.

    If the show does have a longlasting social effect, it will be despite all the grandstanding Issues crap in the last three seasons, and because of the extraordinary glamour Harold and Harrison brought to their portrait of gay male love. Their Season 1 'dance at the prom' is a case in point: the onlookers, like the viewers, all hostile at the start, are cooing at the end.

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  5. I'm not going to address the obvious negativity in Mr.Sparks' remarks because he's made his personal opinions known, over the years, about certain cast members on QAF.

    However, as a director, I would prefer to instruct an actor with opinions about his storyline and character, one who is questioning, one who pushes, because then I know they're engaged, they're invested in their character and serious about their craft as well.
    The last thing I want is a mindless automaton blindly following orders, saying and doing exactly what he's told. That's not acting. Anyone can do that.
    Oh, and one last thing, Mr. Sparks:
    Always remember, you never know if the people you meet on the way up are the same people you'll meet on the way down. Life has a funny way of payback and karma really is a bitch!

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  6. I wonder if Mr Sparks realized exactly how whiney and juvenile he sounded in this interview. It had all the hallmarks of a Jnr High spat in Study Hall "But Sirrrr, it was THOSE two boys who were causing all the trouble..."

    I'm not sure what he considers to be "trouble finding acting work" by the gay actors from QAF. Peter Paige has been both acting and directing since he finished QAF, and Randy Harrison has done almost non-stop theater work, and is currently involved in own directorial debut. Hal on the other hand, has had some less-than-stellar gigs.....

    It's interesting to compare these vitriolic and sad little comments with the classy statement made recently by Scott Lowell on his website, following Gale Harold's motorcycle accident. It's easy to see who is the better human being.

    And I don't think Hal need worry too much working with the "un-named" actors - it's a fairly safe bet that the feeling is mutual. Hmmm, let's see, Gale is on the successful Desperate Housewives. Hal is....what IS Hal doing??

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  7. You're so full of it Hal. It seems to me that you are a little resentful because you thought you were going to be the star of the show. Instead it became the Gale and Randy show. You should have had some input with the directors, because your character was nothing more than a whiney lovesick puppy after Brian. While you will be doing your reality show gigs, I'll be enjoying one of Randy's plays or Gale's DH appearances and new movies.

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  8. It's well known going by nasty comments made by Hal in the past that he trashes Gale every chance he gets. Jealously perhaps.

    The timing of this article is outrageous. Gale had a serious motorcycle accident last Wednesday and is in the ICU of a Los Angeles hospital. and for the poster to put this interview up at this time is obscene.

    I wonder if Ron and Dan know that this is being said about them. I think that they would not be pleased at being misquoted as Hal has done.

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  10. I see that Hal (I never speak directly to sociopaths once I've identified them) has also lied about following The Secret, a spiritual concept that he has claimed to embrace.

    Actors (I'm being kind by giving Hal that designation) should realize that you never know exactly who is reading your words.

    There is no treatment for sociopaths. However, I will still say one prayer for him, as he is a human being.

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  11. Hear that Ang Lee? Brokeback Mountain? Farce, you hetero wannabe!

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  12. Mr. Sparks really needs to grow up and get over his pettiness towards his fellow actors. Interestingly enough, the two former co-stars he seems the most bitter towards were both more popular than him on the show and have had more success in their careers since the show ended than he has. Jealous much?

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  13. Typical Hal - he thinks he's 'brilliant' but he's not actually very intelligent.
    He still doesn't understand that his character on QAF was not well liked and neither was he. Michael was a whiny selfish little bitch and Hal is obviously petty, immature and without discretion. It is telling that the other cast members of that show do not remain in touch with him. Bobby Gant may be diplomatic but could not be counted as anything approaching a buddy.
    This interview reeks of jealousy toward people with real talent, such as Gale Harold and Randy Harrison, and if he were an intelligent person he would stop embarrassing himself thus.

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  14. from Spain: Hal you're a jerk, shut your mouth , you don't say more than
    shit ... and learn from Gale and Randy ... it makes you much needed ...

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  15. Honestly... I don´t understand what´s so bad with saying "my character wouldn´t do that" and try to change lines and actions, because I think, that an actor knows his charakter the best, because he has to concentrate on this one person, not like the autors. They have to try to get into the fictional heads of more people.
    It´s only natural that you make mistakes then. If Hal would have done something like that I might not have despised Michael in S5 so much. (God, I really wanted to hit him more than just once.)
    My point is: Hal´s critisism of Gale´s and Randy´s behavior is totally uncalled for!
    I would love to see S5 in a pure "Gale and Randy would have done it like this"-version. (And S4for that matter.) I bet it would have been a lot better where it comes to B/J-storyline.

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  16. wow you would think the human race would progress but this just set us back to the 50's-1850's-where's the guillotine when you need it?

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  17. Oh Hal you really show your ignorance tenfold. What a sad little shit you are.

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  18. What a bitter, bitter little man.

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  19. It should be noted that Hal has been spewing this bile for quite some time, despite the fact that the show is long since over and no answering shots have been fired (publicly, at least) from either Gale or Randy, who both have the class and maturity not to answer in kind. It's time for Mr. Sparks to grow up. Shutting up would be good, too.

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  20. Talk about bad karma! The little green eyed monster sure has Hal in his grip.

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  21. Just in case, the producers will do a QAF movie without both Randy and Gale- they will just waste their money and effort---- believe me. Its been what 3 to 4 years that QAF ended but the followers of Brian/Gale and Justin/Randy is still growing, growing and growing....
    SHUT UP HAL! I don't like Michael and neither you!!!

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  22. Ladies and Gentlemen, Gentlemen and Ladies. Forget Hal. Hollywood has. Who pays attention to a little man with little talent and little teeny manners? Nobody! Forget about this and wish Gale well .... and wish Randy and Gale all the success in the world. When you think of Hal, do the words "lounge lizzard" come to mind? With that little facial hair gig he's sporting, he looks rather the lizzard. Now, Gale Harold in a beard? Can we say, "GORGEOUS MAN" with polite manners and big talents. God Bless Randy and, most especially, all the Special Blessing we have for a speedy recovery for Gale Harold. The Force is Strong With Him. (smile)

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  23. If this isn’t childish, pathetic and jealous, I don’t know what is! These are just about the lamest words he has uttered out of his mouth ever. Just how low can a man get!? Well, you showed us, Hal, just how low. It has been 3 years, since the show went off air, and yet here Hall is, still bitching, moaning and holding a grudge against the two people who made the show as successful as it is still today. But I’m guessing someone has too much time on his hands.

    True actors give their input in the character development, which these two actors he refers to did amazingly. Hal probably had some say in Michael’s character too, since he came out just as fucking whiny and immature as Hal himself is.

    I’m sure these two actors weren’t always angels on the set, but that was a workplace, just like any other, and it’s only normal for people not to enjoy their job 24/7. And I’m sure not everyone got along well on that set, but none of the other actors on that show have ever said anything bad about the other cast members, which just shows how much classier they are as human beings than Hal.
    What Hal showed us here, is obvious jealousy. I say move on already! If his aim is to turn fans against these two actors, he isn’t having any luck, but instead he has made even more enemies.

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  24. Interesting interview, Hal's viewpoint of QAF cast cohesion seems to be his alone.

    In other written interviews fellow cast members have spoken kindly of each other, when fans have met various cast of QAF over the years they have all said kind words of each other.

    Hal seems to be the only member of the cast/crew to speak of and hint of difficulties working with Gale and Randy.

    I think this interview is in poor taste if as it appears a slap at Gale and Randy especially as Gale is injured.

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  25. OH, you guys should get over yourselves! Hal is a GREAT person! None of you were there on set. You have no idea what did and did not go on behind the scenes. And you were not present during this interview. I know Hal personally and I know for a fact how truly wonderful he is. He is a very kind person. I have met the two he is referring to and unfortunately, I can only say the same about one of them.

    Therefore, please give the man some slack. Until you know what you are talking about, you can't sit here and judge him on a printed interview.
    Shirley

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    1. Spot -on Shirley! All these "Anonymous" haters, real brave aren't they(/), taking pot shots at Hal and exhibiting the same tactics that they're criticizing! I think Hal's a really funny comedian and was an important component on the Strphanie Miller tour and he's terrific when he guest host's on her radio show.

      You all need to get a life!

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  26. But that's exactly what's SO UNkind, shirley. From all Qaf-people, he's the one who's STILL digging up some dirt. I've never heard ANY bad, impolite word from Gale's nor Randy's mouth about anybody else from the cast. Actually, everyone seemed to be pretty close (or, at least, everyone but that little rude man from the photo) And I really don't care what happened (or didn't happened) behind the scenes and Hal (or anybody else, including you - no offence) should not tell such things in public. Mr Sparks has proved more than once his lack of tact, self-criticism and plenty of other defects.
    I can recall him saying something about Gale Harold being unprofessional... Well, that was HIGHLY professional of you, Mr Sparks! *standing ovation*

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  27. And where you there on the set, Shirley? Where you at this interview? Or are you just going on what Mr. Sparks has said?

    The show has been over for years. He needs to let his pettiness go. Maybe work more on furthering his career than slamming his former cast mates. He is being unprofessional here.

    Moreover, I would like to hear what Cowen and Lipman have to say in response to this and to him putting his words in their mouths about who they will and won't work with in the future.

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  28. it's time Hal just shuts up. I agree with many posters here.there's more to this life than his petty bull----funny he's so blatant about who he is talking about just say the names, Hal. But you know what? "those two actors" show more class than you'll ever have because they have never to my knowledge, and I am a BIG FAN in this fandom of Gale/Randy, Brian/Justin, bashed any coworkers publicly. Kudos to them...it's obvious jealousy since these two other actors have been nothing but busy and getting work since QAF has ended...Gale, gorgeous, Randy, adorable, Hal needs to grow up! God Bless you Gale, get well quick!!!

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  29. Gale rejected Hal's sexual advances. Hal's had it out for Gale since then.

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  30. This is an interview from 6 weeks ago, let it go.

    It's ironic it's been bought to light just after Gale's nasty accident.

    That is one oooooold picture too. No new ones avaliable?

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  31. Hal's the one who should let it go. Six weeks isn't all that long, considering the show's been over for three years now and he's still spreading this BS in his nasty, jealous manner.

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  32. It is a fact that Gale (and Randy, when he is in in the same city) regularly socializes with Scott, Peter, and Sharon, and has been seen out and about with Thea and Jack. If they had behaved as badly on set as Hal wants us to believe, how did they manage to keep the friendship of so many other cast members? Meanwhile, Hal himself can only lamely claim to be "in touch" with Bobby and Harris. I think it's obvious who was really disliked on the set by the majority of the other cast members. Given the nastiness of this interview, it's no wonder.

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  33. TheFatFemaleFanofQAFOctober 24, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    In hindsight, I think all of the reactions to this interview are really funny.

    Randy Harrison did an interview in 2003, during the season 3 of QAF, in which he he stated his opinion about certain things about his character and that character's storyline, which rubbed some of the fans the wrong way. They were ready to string him up by the short hairs.

    Then, 2 years later, when the ending of the Brian and Justin storyline didn't go the way that some of the fans wanted to, they all of a sudden had a 'chance of heart' about what Randy had said, way back in 2003.

    If it was anyone of the other actors from QAF, being interviewed and any of them had the same point of view that Hal had, this interview would be praised beyond belief.

    It's funny how utterly hypocritical the Gale and Randy fans are about this topic.

    You still make me laugh, losers.

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  34. "If it was anyone of the other actors from QAF, being interviewed and any of them had the same point of view that Hal had, this interview would be praised beyond belief."

    Yeah, and guess why. Maybe because the other actors from the show never lost their dignity and class, at least in public?

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  35. Wow, the straight girls are out in full force! How fun that they assume what actors he is talking about. They assume because they know Gale and Randy could've been replaced by cardboard cutout's during the last 3 seasons of QAF. Talk about phoned-in acting (not to mention the worst possible writing). And at this point, who cares? QAF is dead and buried and the shiny dreams of Brian and Justin for all eternity are just that, dreams. Get over it, lifeless hags. Go out, make a friend or two that isn't on the other end of a keyboard and maybe you will realize there is life outside of QAF. QAF wasn't close to any type of reality as it was. So sad that a group of sad trolls feel the need to invade a gay website to protest such a meanie. Go read some craptastic fanfic and boo-fucking-hoo yourself an imaginary boyfriend.

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  36. Dan, is that you?

    Thought I recognized your writing.

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  37. Shit, what website was this interview posted on that would lead to a slew of of comments within a 24 hour period? Girlfriend has alot of time on her hands. Set down the Brian and Justin pillow and step away from the computer. Each post talks about Hal's sour grapes but that's all this is. Sour fucking grapes because not everyone is sniffing Gale and Randy's butt. As for Cowan and Lipman, I doubt there is much love losted between them and the hetero wet dream-team. In the very few interviews he has given (because he's so "indie" but jumped to ABC as soon as he could) Gale won't even talk about QAF. And Randy? His parting words at the QAF wrap party said it all, "hope you enjoy because it's all you're going to get."

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  38. TheFatFemaleFanofQAF

    This must be Hal's skanky girlfriend. Instead of filling your body with tattoos and showing your tits if the price is right, why don't you go back to school and get an education. How long do you think you can prostitute yourself to your sugardaddy Hal before he'll grow bored and replace you with a someone a little more uptown. Even Hugh Grant dabbled with a little gutter pussy just to see what skank tastes like.

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  39. Ducdebrabant is that you?

    Duc, represents the worst in the gay community - a pissy old queen. What happens to some gay men when they lose their looks and youth? They become very bitter middle-aged men. One time, men probably wanted Douche because he made their dicks hard. At this stage in life, the only way he can get a dick up his ass is to pay for it.

    So, old rejected Douche, spends his days obsessing over a straight, young actor. An actor, young enough to be his son. If Douche passed Mr. Harold in a room, Gale wouldn't take notice of the old man with a raging hard on for him. Yet, he spends all day posting to any board on the Internet which mentions Gale's name. In his fantasy world, he has become Gale's biggest advocate and protector. Douche centers his life around a fantasy. It's quite sad and pathetic.

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  40. Hal is a sad, sad, little man.

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  41. Hal Sparks is jealous, simple as that. He suffers from insecure, short guy syndrome and is trying to compensate. He's an embarrassing little toad. He tries to pull his comedian card to get away with things he says, but it is obvious he's a jealous, petty little wannabe. QAF would have fallen flat on its face without Brian and the Brian plus Justin component, that's what kept viewers coming back to the show. Hal can't stand that fact, he was a bad miscast on QAF, his character didn't resonate with the audience so the writers had to turn him into the character you love to hate. To one of the posters above, when Randy made comments about the show it was only about his character, he didn't bad mouth other actors or anyone else working on the show.
    And to another person above, the reason Hal is so nice to his fans, is because he has to be, like many comics he has to sell himself constantly and try to score fans(audience) by being so incredibly nice, like a politician trying to score votes.

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  42. Milehighgayguy, you are a fine looking man. Too bad you're gay! This straight girl could rock your world! Yum! ;)

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  43. I find the HS interview really interesting, in terms of the comments he made about his fellow actors, whoever they are. Bitter much Mr Sparks? Even if the stuff was true, I would think after three years he would have let it go....maybe he's pissed because we all know that the reason the show finished after season 5 was gale and randy didn't want to sign new contracts. I also find it odd that hal talks about how proud of the show he was and that he was doing something "meaningful" did he feel that way from the start? because all I remember of him was constantly declaring how straight he was, and told any and every body who would listen he was hetero,and how disgusting it was to kiss a man, I believe his exact words were "it was like kissing a dog." sorry hal, you have no credibilty as far as i am concerned. Ta Ta.

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  44. I just stumbled upon this, whilst looking for news about Gale Harold. Good grief!

    Who gives a f**k what Hal Sparks thinks?! He has to mention QaF all the time because otherwise people don't remember who he is - and when he brings up QaF, people go "Oh yeah, he was that whiny little shit who kept kicking Brian when he was down." Seems Hal played himself? Maybe that's why he can't get any roles, there isn't much call for that sort of green little meanie...

    Best wishes to gorgeous Gale Harold for a speedy recovery!

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  45. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

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  46. Hal must have wanted mikey to drive off into the sunset with brian like in the qaf-uk version... but he was just no match for the utterly gorgeous and likeable justin

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  47. Of course he was talking about G&R! And no offense to either of them, because they're two of my favourite actors, but I'd probably rather work with Hal. He seems really fun. Also, I met Randy and he does seem to fit the profile of whom Hal was talking about. So, "reality star", bravo to you!

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  48. As for inconsistencies abounding, no wonder the actors fought for themselves.

    I saw red in season five. We were asked to believe that a major metropolitan television station would throw Emmett, live on the air, as a Queer Eye-style commentator, without checking his copy, letting him choose his own subject, and most importantly, with no background check.

    We're asked to believe that no one in Emmett's viewing audience remembers -a mere three years later- Fetch Dixon, an award-winning Net porn star, who couldn't even walk into Babylon thereafter without being accosted for autographs, and that a millionaire pickle king's own chauffer could pick out on a busy street, merely on sight. We were asked to believe that no mischievous former fan of Fetch-Emmett saved downloads of him doing his thing for Ted's camera, ready to go to the tabloids (or local competing TV stations) and embarrass the hell out of the company that hired Emmett.

    By season five, absolutely, there was nothing left for Ron, Dan and their writers to steal from Russell Davies' brilliant British original, and anyone who calls his or herself an actor, Hal, should be battling their employers when handed scripts this stupid.

    All of this Emmett storyline went down too, by the way, within mere months of the Jeff Gannon White House scandal.

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  49. Aawww, Hal said Gale and Randy were together in perfect harmony considering their dignity (and stubbornness) as actors, bless him <33

    I can see his point, everybody has their own places, and he thinks it's not an actor's place to criticize the writers or to decide the actions of their characters. I don't see faults in that pov. Still, I personally wouldn't do stupid things even for work, at least not before I vocally object to it, so I respect actors who would voice their opinions when they feel the writers are being silly with their characters.

    But anyway I don't really believe this article. I just don't believe Hal would say bad things like that for public consumption.

    I agree with one sentiment though, I WANT a QaF movie! To see more of Brian and Justin together. 'Cos it's never enough. Sigh.

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  50. You can drag this on as long as you'd like. But I highly suggest if Hal Sparks ever comes to your town on his stand up tour that you go see him. Not just for the fact that he's amazingly funny, but for the fact that you can meet him afterwards in person. Find out for for yourself what kind of person he is. Then come back here and post facts!

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  51. > I don't really believe this article. I just don't believe Hal would say bad things like that for public consumption.

    Do your research and you'll know it is true.


    > Not just for the fact that he's amazingly funny, but for the fact that you can meet him afterwards in person. Find out for for yourself what kind of person he is.

    No one is saying Hal is not nice to his fans who go to see him on stage. You can be nice to fans but rude to your costars and a poppy dog to your boss. People have different faces. Apparently Hal has.

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  52. I like Hal Sparks. I wanted to be the one person on here out of 5 million posters to say that. He really didn't name anyone on the show that was being obnoxious or no one liked. If I think really, really hard about it, I can vaguely guess who he might be talking about. Since it's just a tv show and I know there's no chance I'll ever meet Hal Sparks, let him speak his mind. Although I am bitter because I hear the actor who plays Justin is very stuck up and would never, ever be my boyfriend, let alone go on a date.

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  53. Leave Hal alone. I love him, and I love the other actors who made QAF so worthwhile. I'm happy to hear that he's still in touch with Robert Gant, and I'm glad he talks about the importance of the show. It still is the biggest thing he's famous for, but so what? He did a good job, and we should just enjoy what the actors left us with. A damn fine program full of complexity.

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  54. I don't agree with HS making those comments about gale and randy.What ever happened on set should remain there. However he worked with them for five years and probably is the only cast member who had the guts to say what was happening on set. I agree that actors should care about their characters, and if they feel that the character they play isn't portrayed rightly by the writers they should complain. But not all the time. This can be hard on the other actors on the show. If the script is changed then some scenes will have to be changed affecting some of the actors. It depends how much they complained, and when they did, were they thinking about their fellow actors on the show or was it just about them.If that happened, then hal has every right to be angry.I don't think that is what happened. But its four years since they wrapped; I suggest he get over it. Time to move on.

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  55. If you really hate Hal Sparks, you can watch Gale Harold punch his lights out in episode one of season three.

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  56. Hi, look, i am just one of those 'in the closet gay' types and i don't know the behind the scenes politics of this series, but seriously, gale and randy were so wonderful in this series, and whatever they did to realise their characters was worth it!!! cheers mates

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  57. Dear mr. Hal Sparks
    You should be a little more careful about what you say in interviews. Why is it that you are the only cast member who's been excluded from the poker games and the get togethers? Because you have that kind of personality that annoys people. I LOVE Michael Novotny. He's so different from you that it's not even funny. You must be an amazing actor for making Michael so charming and cute. Because you mr Sparks are not very charming and cute. First of all... CUT YOUR HAIR! You are a man in your forties, so it's time to stop that "wannabe rock star" nonsense! Your band is terrible. And grow a personality. I Adore all of the qaf cast members except you. They're intelligent and funny, and they're incredible actors. And they know what to say and not say in interviews!!!!!!!!

    It's so obvious that you're talking about Gale Harold and Randy Harrison. I know that you're jelaous at Gale. But couldn't you try to be a little more classy about it? Yes you and Sharon were the only famous people in the cast when this show began. You thought you were going to be the star of the show. But it turned out to be the sexiest man in the world,... Gale Harold. Gale Harold is a shining diamond. He has so much charisma and presence that he can outshine anyone. And the best thing about him is that his charms are so effortless! He's not trying... He just is!!!And that must be hard for you. But please... for your own sake.. Try having a little more class. You just make yourself look even more pathetic and small by saying these things. And Randy Harrison is a REAL actor. He plays Beckett, Ibsen and Tennessee Williams. And he gets great reviews. Of course you could never measure up to him. He's a marvel! My message to you is: Be a little more careful about what you say, or it will come back and bite you in the ass. And lose the rock star act. You're to old for it.

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  58. You know what milehighgayguy? I think it's kind of disrespectful of you to post this interview right after Gale Harold's accident. Cause that's when you posted it right? We were all worried sick about Gale. We were terrified that he wouldn't survive... and then we hear about Hal trashing him in an interview? You should have waited untill things had calmed down a bit. Untill we knew that he was going to be ok!
    Hal Sparks is a sad sad man!!!

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  59. All the other actors on the show are way to classy, intelligent, and educated to ever bash another fellow actor in interviews. But Hal has no class and that's the problem. Just think of the difference between Scott Lowell and Hal Sparks!And tell me which one of them has the most class!

    And I think it's really petty of Hal's girlfriend to write those ridiculous comments here. Hal and his grilfriend are low class, pseudo intellectual, pseudo spiritual, wannabe rock stars with bad careers...His girlfriend must be the ugliest Suicide Girl in history!!!!!!!!! She's a dirty skank!
    However, I have to say that I loved Michael Novotny. He was charming, funny, so loveable and cute. But that's not just because of Hal, but because of the writers and directors

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  60. lol, all you angry queens are hilarious. Give Hal a break, he's just being honest which is really refreshing; I'd rather actors be honest about such things then lie about being best buddies with their co stars just to appease the fans. Seriously, you all need to unbunch your panties!

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  61. so very unsmart speech... make me like micheal even less...

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  62. Wow... all the straight girls orgasming over B/J need to get off this website, buy themselves a package of Midol, and go wet their panties with some B/J fanfiction instead of working themselves up into a rabid lather over Hal's comments. Really, you all are making fools of yourselves. Hal never once mentioned Randy or Gale by name, or made any personal attacks against them. The man was just answering the interviewer's question. I find it hilarious that this one statement was picked out of the entire interview and pounced on. BJ fans, I understand and appreciate that you feel a sense of protective loyalty toward Gale and Randy, but please, for the sake of your sanity and others, understand that these men will never be your boyfriends. Get over your *own* issues, and grow up.

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  63. My reaction to the many previous comments:

    Somehow anger and bitterness never leaves a person.
    No, I am not referring to Hal Sparks.
    People have the right to voice their own opinions, in any light they see fit.
    Mr. Sparks is an adult and chose to speak his own opinion and naturally will deal the consequences whether they are good or not.
    What amazes me is the personal attack made by QAF fans and other people who have attached themselves so wholeheartedly to a fictional story.
    That is not to say that Queer as Folk was not an original beautiful and ground breaking show that fought to break down the walls of prejudice, anger, and hate that exists towards the gay community.
    It was and still remains a staple of public discussion, homosexuals and their rights.
    The show was an honest portrayal of what life may be like for millions of people in the United States.
    But, I do not think the goal of the writers, producers, actors and crew were for it to later be associated with such an outpouring of anger, hatred and disdain. Those people worked hard to deliver a story about beautiful people and how they lived their lives.
    It was a great story that ended with the content of its participants.
    If one would like to hold on to the glory of Queer as Folk, try supporting what they obviously believed in and portrayed throughout the show. LOVE. No matter sexual orientation, race, age, social class. To defend one's morals and beliefs and perhaps simply to live a life you can be Proud of.

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  64. To the previous poster Lily:

    Didn't you point fingers at the wrong person(s)?

    Hal Sparks certainly has the right to voice his own opinions, just as we do. Why was it alright for him to do it, but when the fans did it, they were an angry and bitter bunch?

    Besides most posts merely categorically disagreed with what Hal Sparks said. Not sure why you chose to see them as personal attack toward him. Like you said QAF is all about love, so you should instead ask Hal Sparks why he still wears such an outpouring of anger, hatred and disdain toward his castmates whenever he can? (It is hard to ignore his resentment, disinterest or distain toward some of his fellow castmates in his past interviewS.)

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  65. Can I just say to everyone who is complaining about Hal Sparks being annoyed with Gale and Randy's complaints? (lol) For them to make such a fuss about it, it must have been worse than one of the actors making a little comment. He had a perfectly good reason to be annoyed with their behaviour because like he said, it's their job. They don't write it.

    I read elsewhere that Randy and Gale didn't agree with the direction their characters were taking season 4 to 5 and I agree with them. But again...they are all talented actors, so it's kind of immature to take sides when that's all you really know them as.

    Just relax and appreciate QAF for what it was.

    P.S. I do think it would be interesting to see a QAF: Chicago etc. But maybe a QAF: New York to see Justin =P If he was interested in the job.

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  66. lmao, so many Brain and Justin lovers pulling the jealousy card, how typical :p

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  67. hal sparks is the best friggin actor on the show.. like i seriouslt thought he was a fag at first,

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  68. To the above.

    You're not very intelligent. Are you.

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  69. My gawd, Anonymous, get off your pity pot ... talk about a pathetic, bitter man ... uh, that would be you.
    Get a life, dude ... go out ... meet real people instead of typing hate mail to Hal Sparks 24/7.

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  70. Oh, just do another QaF show.
    With Michael as main character,
    I never cared about Brian and Justin anyway.
    And even if I did,
    there's no gay TV show right now,
    so ANYTHING WOULD BE A HIT!

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  71. You know what? Both Hal Sparks and Gale Harold are talented, charismatic actors! Gale's portrayal of Brian Kinney was BRILLIANT. And so was Hal Sparks' portrayal of Michael Novotny. Mikey wasn't whiny at all. He was an adorable, lovely, kind, funny, giving character. So let's not argue about this. The truth is... We don't know for certain who Hal is referring to here. I do however agree that whoever it is that he's talking about... It is kind of juvenile to trash his co-stars in an interview. But I have a lot of respect for Hal. And a lot of respect for the whole QAF cast. If all of them didn't get along all of the time, that would only be natural, considering they spent five years together like a family in Toronto. We can all agree on this: Queer as folk was a fabulous show and we miss it

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  72. I find the majority vitriol towards Hal for this interview amusing and sad.

    For one thing, although it is fairly apparent that Hal was indeed speaking of Gale and Randy, he never named them. I think this is both honest and professional. He has a right to state his opinions, but he was professional enough not to name names. The interviewer asked him a question, he answered honestly (which is refreshing). But with enough tact. Perhaps not class - that much I have to admit, as this may not be very classy behavior - but he had enough tact.

    For another, majority of those who came out of the woodwork to defend Gale and Randy sound extremely defensive to me.

    From what I gleaned from this interview, Hal isn't saying actors should be robots who can't give input. What I understand him saying is that actors shouldn't be abrasive in pushing for their input and causing conflict or internal strife.

    On a side note, as a gay man, I never understood the apparently popular attraction to the Brian/Justin pairing in QAF. Throughout the series, they were my two least liked characters. They had their individual moments that I did like (esp. Brian's friendship with Michael), but Brian represented everything I thought was wrong with people's perceptions of the gay community, and Justin was a pathetic and spoiled brat. Put them together, and they formed an EXTREMELY dysfunctional couple that I thought exacerbated negative stereotypes about gay relationships (not to mention the jailbait angle in Season 1).

    Here's food for thought: in the 2007 QAF Reunion Lunch, those two are noticeably absent. If they indeed had good relationships with their castmates (not just Hal, but the rest), then why didn't they bother?

    Personally, based on other interviews I've read, Gale Harold DOES seem to be a nice guy, and perhaps he and Hal just didn't see eye to eye. But Randy Harrison - not so much.

    - Paul

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  73. These comments are interesting to read because it's pretty clear that the majority of the people who wrote them are completely incapable of separating the actors from the characters. Very few people seem upset at what Hal said about Gale and Randy, but more upset that Michael talked shit about Brian and Justin. One person somewhere back in the mists of time even said she was furious at what Michael said to the interviewer.

    Do you have any idea how much actors hate this, and how this mentality affects them? I had the extreme good fortune to work one of the most popular network shows of the 90s and early 00s and by the end of this ten year run most of the actors just wanted to crawl in a hole and hope the world forgot about them. Can you imagine what it's like, every time you go out in public, not to be approached as the person you are, but this artificial construct of writers and consultants and focus groups who people think they know?

    There are human beings in those body suits you people think you know all about. They have their own feelings, thoughts and ideas and yes, opinions about their current and former co-workers, just like you do. I wonder what YOU would think if some total stranger who you crossed paths with at your favorite coffee/lunch spot a few times a week started hammering you for making a comment about your co-workers and not directly to her, but some third party? But that's different, right (no, it isn't, but I realize that you who comment after me will rationalize whatever you do, however you want).

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  74. I had the pleasure (for the most part) to work on the QAF set for 3 weeks in 2004. I was basically a "temp". I got a chance to spend time, though fleeting, each day with most of the primary cast. For the most part, this was a wonderful cast. Hal was a very nice guy to work with, very laidback. I never sensed animosity between Hal and any of the cast and actually saw Gale and Hal interact all the time, just sitting around bullshitting. I am just giving my opinion, they didn't seem like "friends" but worked together well, from what I observed. Randy was nice as well. You could count on him to be late all the time. It was more funny than annoying. He's not an overly enthusiastic personality, very chill. While I felt that people got along just fine, I never saw an excitement on the set. I felt like, while they liked the work, some of the cast where just over it. Believe me, it was gossip central and there seemed to be alot of shit that went on before I arrived regarding in-fighting with the producers. I don't know a ton of details with that but I don't think Hal's comments are too off base. There was alot of bitching and alot of biting the hands that feeds. I didn't see it, just heard the gossip. I think Randy was very frustrated by being reduced to the little woman roll and wanted more heft to Justin. I don't think Randy and Gale are bitter about QAF the brand but I just sensed they weren't happy with how silly their participation became. And one last note, I think Randy really had a problem with fans. It's not that he didn't appreciate them, it just became an issue that he was never left alone. I don't sense that the beauty so many fans found in Brian and Justin was shared by Randy. Out of all the cast, he seemed most ready for it to come to an end.
    And in Hal's defense, he gets asked all the same crap in every interview in a gay media outlet. He doesn't mince words and I don't get the feeling he cares about handling his experience, and drama and bullshit, with his former castmates with kid gloves. The reason for the silence from other former cast members is because nobody is asking them or they won't talk about it. And I don't think it's because they (former cast mates) are more professional or kinder. I think it's more about QAF being something they would like to move far away from.
    Hm, all this from searching info on Gary Beach? Look for a Broadway actor and end up on a blog.

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  75. I just wanted to address one of the commentators above, Paul, who is gay and mentioned that Brian Kinney was a detriment to the gay community. As a straight person, maybe I do not have a right to comment on that but this is my opinion. I think that Brian Kinney is the best character ever on TV. QAF had different types of gay characters. We had the good couple of Ben and Michael but the problem was that Ben was so good sometimes, that he was boring. Sure Brian had his bad sides, but that is the point of Drama, having flawed characters. But I loved him for his ability to not be afraid to be who he was. He did not hide his sexuality, he never compromised his principles for anything, if he gave his word he stood by it, was not afraid to say what was on his mind, never cheated , was well educated,intelligent rich, successful, helped his friends without expecting anything in return, not confirm to society's view that you have to be married to be happy and have loads of fun along the way. If that's how gay society is viewed and he is representative of gay society (which is total BS, characters on TV are not representative of anything) then I admire it. TV has never had another character like him and never will. I am not a fan of any of the other characters. As for Gale and Randy, Gale may have had problems with his role, but he has never publicly derided his character or his role like Randy has. I must admit that Randy Harrison's complaints in interviews all the time while QAF aired lessened my enjoyment of his character on this show. Maybe he should have spoken out after the show ended, but since he was young at the time I give him a pass as maybe he was new to the acting profession. As for Hal Sparks, its not nice to talk ill about your colleagues after all is said and done. But he has always spoken his mind and gotten into trouble before too with his 'kissing the dog' comments. He has got a foot in mouth syndrome but is generally a nice guy, a liberal activist and I like that about him. And as for not being at the reunion, Gale, Scott and Peter Paige are very good friends as mentioned in various interviews but maybe Gale and Randy do have problems with the producers since they disagreed so much. My take on this issue!

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  76. wow. what snarky queens posting on here. it's been known for years that Gale and Randy were non-stop trouble durring the filming of the show. Gale has stated he would never reprise the role of Brian and Randy has simply stated that he has no intrest in TV or film work, so he also wouldn't do a film version of QAF.

    in fact they were a BIG part of why the show stopped at 5 seasons when the creators had originally intended an 8 season run

    I'm just not sure why everyone is so supportive of the two that caused all of the trouble and brough the show to an early end

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  77. Can we stop commenting on QAF cast's interview remarks and get together to press for a continuation of QAF series...We in Malaysia are really inspired with all the QAF seasons on DVD. Please, we beg for more !

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  78. Jonathan , i think you are wrong. those 2 guys was my whole personal reason to watch the show,. to me they were QAF.
    A wonderful program.and i wish it would of continued.
    Yes Hal was wrong talking his shit behind their backs. and i think he was cute in the show.

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  79. Do you all realize that this is 2010-five years later, and the QAF series was so powerful that people (including me) are still so passionate about the actors and the content. I must admit that I have followed Gale Harold in everything he has done since the ending and agree with many of the bloggers that without him (and Randy), QAF would probably not have made a second year. I think the rest of the cast was wonderful, and their stories fully complemented Brian/Justin's.

    I have been an actor most of my life and have never known a director who did not want what I could bring to the part, and believe that any "good" actor does the same. If you can all get beyond Gale's gorgeous face and body, you would realize what a fine actor he is.

    I too would have liked to see a "reunion" if only one episode to finish the story. Did Randy stay in New York or come back to Brian? Did the "girls" stay in Canada? Did Brian and Mike see their children? There are many open questions I would like answered.

    The only thing I have to say about Hal's interview in which he had every right to say what he felt, "remember Hal you reap what you sow".

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  80. 3 years after the show, Hal is still BS just like what Mike did in the show. Never liked Mike and definitely never like Hal. Loser!

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  81. I love Michael in this show. He's really adorable. I hope for a surprize with a new QAF, with Michael, and the others in. "a european fan"

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  82. Wow. I too am surprised at all the vitriol thrown at Hal Sparks. I, who really knew nothing about the backstage gossip, found Hal's remarks interesting. He didn't name names and brought out his opinion on acting and actors and why there wouldn't be a movie.

    Then in the comments, I see lots of negative remarks on Hal Sparks and his career and his person. Personal attacks. As if these posters knew Hal, worked with him, used to be friends with him, etc.

    Hal can say what he wants, he worked on the show AND was a principal cast member. Should he have kept mum, and would it be more professional. Maybe. But then I wouldn't have learned some stuff.

    Does hearing about some of Hal's gossip make me like QAF any less or the characters. Nope. It just makes me understand some things more.

    I think it's sad that posters would attack Hal personally and it does sound like you guys are in LOVE with Brian/Justin and defending them. And that's a little pathetic. They are characters on a show. It's fiction.

    On a side note. I did think Justin's character was a spoiled brat. Brian could be over the top at times. As could Michael be whiny and annoying at times. In fact, most of the characters were annoying at times. But I still loved the show.

    -Scott

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  83. It would be too bad if the show ended at season 5 because of Gale and Randy. I have just seen the all 5 seasons and I can say that this was the best show I've ever watched. It was funny, interesting, well done, the music was great, I loved the way Brian was portrayed, and the chemistry between Brian and Justin was just unbelievable. They were really central point of the show and I believe that 99% of the audience wathed the show because of them. And yes, there is an open end left, so it would be great to see a QAF movie or the season 6. The producers should make sure to bring everyone back, and find some solution to make everyone from the cast satisfied, and make this movie. I think they sould go for it. They would be silly not to take the opportunity.

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  84. I know I am a little (to be more precise, A LOT) behind the curve in regards to QAF. I only vaguely heard of the show until I viewed a few episodes at 3:00 a.m. on LOGO. I was immediately intrigued and added all of the seasons to my Netflix queue. Sadly, I finished the final disc of season five last night. The show was and is fantastic; it is the quintessential example of the art and fortitude of media expression. Despite being straight, I have never felt more connected to these characters, as I did not see them as such. QAF is television medium at its best.

    That said, I will stop waxing poetic and get to a relevant comment. As I forged my way through the seasons, I tried to find out as much as I could about the machinations behind QAF. It being five years later, this was somewhat difficult. Nonetheless, I did notice in many of the cast photos/interviews/"days in the life" Gale was absent; however, this might result from his other projects conflicting with such appearances. Suffice it to say, I was unsurprised that he was described as a "private person." (A very admirable trait in this media whore culture)

    Hal is not. It is ironic that I stumbled upon this forum today, not only because I just started my QAF withdrawal but I actually saw Hal on "The View" yesterday (I was flipping channels - don't judge!). Though crass, the only word worthy of his appearance is asshole. Completely. Childish, sulky, caustic and combative.

    After reading this interview and seeing his ridiculous, unfunny behavior on television, I agree with your comments. To make character judgments on a fellow actor(s) - not to mention a fellow cast mate(s) - reeks of bitterness. I would pity him if I didn't think he was so pathetic.

    P.S. Actors have every right to question directors/writers. As with any other profession, blindly acquiesce and one's sense of self evaporates. Though Hal derided Gale and Randy for their "questioning" behavior, their actions most likely resulted from their commitment to the authenticity and true nature of their characters.

    To end...I cannot find adequate words to convey the genius that was QAF. I might be able to get back to you in 50 years.

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  85. I love Queer as Folk, the characters, the story, all the situations and experiences the characters have. The writers, producers, directors, actors and all the cast and crew worked very hard and long to get this show started and continue for 5 years. Regardless of why it didn't continue I say thank you to each and every one of you for entertaining all of us in TV land (Gale, Randy, Peter, Scott, Michelle, Thea, Hal, Chris, Robert, Ron, Dan, Jack, Sharon, Mark, Bruce, Russel, Patrick, Kelly, and the hundreds of others which names escapes me.

    Within every show there are characters people are attracted to and characters people love to hate (or at least dislike). QAF has no shortage of followers. Every single character had flaws, and there were things you could be attracted to and love about every character as well. For all you Brian/Justin fans (I'm one of them), it was a treat to watch them, and, I'll be frank here, it was the intimate scenes which attracted me to the show. Let's face it, their sexy. However, even without those parts, I would still watch this show, it covers many life experience most people have. The characters and their life is what brought me back for more.

    How realistic you consider it is based entirely on who you are. I have gay friends who say this show is not even close to the reality of their lifestyle. I have other gay friends who live a QAF (Emmett or Brian) lifestyle. I can't really identify with anyone on the show (I'm a bisexual woman who's married with children - bi's weren't an obvious part of the show, and I think that my understanding of the characters, they might not have been very open to someone who was bi). I loved the characters of Brian, Melanie and Debbie. I think Randy is a tremendous actor, but wasn't that fond of Justin.

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  86. Would I love to see a QAF movie? Sure, but if there is never one, that's fine, too. I've watched and read many interviews with most of the actors. I am not an actor, but I have done theater, and I have been behind the scenes on a couple of shows, as a visitor. I don't envy TV actors. The hours are ridiculously long, the demands and pressures of working on set can be dragging and stressful, and unlike theater where you feel challenged with new roles, QAF actors were playing the same role for 5 years. I can see being tired of it and wanting something else. What I have heard (directly from certain actors, I don't have time to find and quote sites - but if you want me to I can find them) is this: Randy was tired of doing TV and doesn't want to go back. Scott has said he sees Randy, Gale, Sharon, and Peter as regularly as possible. He didn't mention others, but he said he's in contact with most of the QAF cast. Gale enjoyed his time on QAF and doesn't regret it at all. He and Randy enjoyed working with each other and learned from each other.

    No one, other than people who worked on the set, has any idea what went on, and between who. Maybe Hal is talking about Gale and Randy, maybe he's not. But it doesn't matter. He's speaking his mind, as are the rest of us. Ah, the beauty of the First Amendment and the internet. I like Hal, I used to watch Talk Soup all the time. I've seen his shows, he's really funny. I didn't like Michael on QAF, but he can have whatever opinions he wants. It seems to me that what Hal has said here is some of the only material in print that talks about why the show ended. Most of the other cast and crew don't say anything.

    QAF still has an impact and makes an impression on us, because of what it stood for: Freedom to love who you want, how you want, and where you want. Marriage is a civil right that should be available to every human being. Gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, transsexual, asexual, queer, questioning, or straight, we all have a voice, an opinion, and I think QAF goes a long way in bridging the gap between religious prejudice and open-minded tolerance. Queer as Folk will always be one of my most favorite show. I respect all the people who worked on the show, behind and in front of the camera. All the actors are amazing and should be commended on the job they did. I don't care if everyone hated each other, what came across on screen is the message to be carried on. Everyone is created equally and we all have a right to be who we are without fear of judgment or hate!

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  87. Would I love to see a QAF movie? Sure, but if there is never one, that's fine, too. I've watched and read many interviews with most of the actors. I am not an actor, but I have done theater, and I have been behind the scenes on a couple of shows, as a visitor. I don't envy TV actors. The hours are ridiculously long, the demands and pressures of working on set can be dragging and stressful, and unlike theater where you feel challenged with new roles, QAF actors were playing the same role for 5 years. I can see being tired of it and wanting something else. What I have heard (directly from certain actors, I don't have time to find and quote sites - but if you want me to I can find them) is this: Randy was tired of doing TV and doesn't want to go back. Scott has said he sees Randy, Gale, Sharon, and Peter as regularly as possible. He didn't mention others, but he said he's in contact with most of the QAF cast. Gale enjoyed his time on QAF and doesn't regret it at all. He and Randy enjoyed working with each other and learned from each other.

    No one, other than people who worked on the set, has any idea what went on, and between who. Maybe Hal is talking about Gale and Randy, maybe he's not. But it doesn't matter. He's speaking his mind, as are the rest of us. Ah, the beauty of the First Amendment and the internet. I like Hal, I used to watch Talk Soup all the time. I've seen his shows, he's really funny. I didn't like Michael on QAF, but he can have whatever opinions he wants. It seems to me that what Hal has said here is some of the only material in print that talks about why the show ended. Most of the other cast and crew don't say anything.

    QAF still has an impact and makes an impression on us, because of what it stood for: Freedom to love who you want, how you want, and where you want. Marriage is a civil right that should be available to every human being. Gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, transsexual, asexual, queer, questioning, or straight, we all have a voice, an opinion, and I think QAF goes a long way in bridging the gap between religious prejudice and open-minded tolerance. Queer as Folk will always be one of my most favorite show. I respect all the people who worked on the show, behind and in front of the camera. All the actors are amazing and should be commended on the job they did. I don't care if everyone hated each other, what came across on screen is the message to be carried on. Everyone is created equally and we all have a right to be who we are without fear of judgment or hate!

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  88. This is a continuation of my thoughts, as it was over the maximum.
    Would I love to see a QAF movie? Sure, but if there is never one, that's fine, too. I've watched and read many interviews with most of the actors. I am not an actor, but I have done theater, and I have been behind the scenes on a couple of shows, as a visitor. I don't envy TV actors. The hours are ridiculously long, the demands and pressures of working on set can be dragging and stressful, and unlike theater where you feel challenged with new roles, QAF actors were playing the same role for 5 years. I can see being tired of it and wanting something else. What I have heard (directly from certain actors, I don't have time to find and quote sites - but if you want me to I can find them) is this: Randy was tired of doing TV and doesn't want to go back. Scott has said he sees Randy, Gale, Sharon, and Peter as regularly as possible. He didn't mention others, but he said he's in contact with most of the QAF cast. Gale enjoyed his time on QAF and doesn't regret it at all. He and Randy enjoyed working with each other and learned from each other.

    No one, other than people who worked on the set, has any idea what went on, and between who. Maybe Hal is talking about Gale and Randy, maybe he's not. But it doesn't matter. He's speaking his mind, as are the rest of us. Ah, the beauty of the First Amendment and the internet. I like Hal, I used to watch Talk Soup all the time. I've seen his shows, he's really funny. I didn't like Michael on QAF, but he can have whatever opinions he wants. It seems to me that what Hal has said here is some of the only material in print that talks about why the show ended. Most of the other cast and crew don't say anything.

    QAF still has an impact and makes an impression on us, because of what it stood for: Freedom to love who you want, how you want, and where you want. Marriage is a civil right that should be available to every human being. Gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, transsexual, asexual, queer, questioning, or straight, we all have a voice, an opinion, and I think QAF goes a long way in bridging the gap between religious prejudice and open-minded tolerance. Queer as Folk will always be one of my most favorite show. I respect all the people who worked on the show, behind and in front of the camera. All the actors are amazing and should be commended on the job they did. I don't care if everyone hated each other, what came across on screen is the message to be carried on. Everyone is created equally and we all have a right to be who we are without fear of judgment or hate!

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  89. I don't envy TV actors. The hours are ridiculously long, the demands and pressures of working on set can be dragging and stressful, and unlike theater where you feel challenged with new roles, QAF actors were playing the same role for 5 years. I can see being tired of it and wanting something else. What I have heard (directly from certain actors, I don't have time to find and quote sites - but if you want me to I can find them) is this: Randy was tired of doing TV and doesn't want to go back. Scott has said he sees Randy, Gale, Sharon, and Peter as regularly as possible. He didn't mention others, but he said he's in contact with most of the QAF cast. Gale enjoyed his time on QAF and doesn't regret it at all. He and Randy enjoyed working with each other and learned from each other.

    No one, other than people who worked on the set, has any idea what went on, and between who. Maybe Hal is talking about Gale and Randy, maybe he's not. But it doesn't matter. He's speaking his mind, as are the rest of us. Ah, the beauty of the First Amendment and the internet. I like Hal, I used to watch Talk Soup all the time. I've seen his shows, he's really funny. I didn't like Michael on QAF, but he can have whatever opinions he wants.

    QAF still has an impact and makes an impression on us, because of what it stood for: Freedom to love who you want, how you want, and where you want. Marriage is a civil right that should be available to every human being. Gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, transsexual, asexual, queer, questioning, or straight, we all have a voice, an opinion, and I think QAF goes a long way in bridging the gap between religious prejudice and open-minded tolerance. Queer as Folk will always be one of my most favorite show. I respect all the people who worked on the show, behind and in front of the camera. I don't care if everyone hated each other, what came across on screen is the message to be carried on. Everyone is created equally and we all have a right to be who we are without fear of judgment or hate!

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  90. Ya know what, I don't care that this blog is old and forgotten, I have to say something anyway, for those who've posted and STILL read the replies, and those who may in future stumble upon it and read all this shit like I just have:

    First of all, I don't think it really needs to be said that Hal is entitled to his own opinion. He's also allowed to voice that opinion in the respectful way that he did without saying any names, and giving reasons for his statements. It could be argued that a real professional wouldn't have said anything at all, but this is obviously something he felt very strongly about, and I'm sure his wording on the subject is alot more colorful in a more casual setting.

    Now having said that, I also want to point out that NONE of you, with the exception of maybe one or two, actually know ANY of these people, or what they're like after 6 years of working closely with them. And even if you did, it would only in the context of ONE project, and in ONE aspect of their personalities: their profession. Nobody is asking you to believe Gale and Randy are bad people, or that they were 100% wrong for trying to insert their 2 cents, infact Hal didn't even say that.
    What you should realize is that both Gale and Randy had very demanding jobs as the main characters on the show. When a secondary characters acting isn't quite up to par or the roll has to change a bit, people don't notice as much, or don't care. But when the actor of a main character cant give his best, it IS noticed, and highly scrutinized. Their job is to give the best performance, and if they feel they cant do that for whatever reason, they may become what we would call "divas" off screen in the process of trying to compromise on something they don't feel they can work with.
    And I can understand why Hal may feel so strongly about the disagreement because he has said before that this roll was very difficult for him. Think about that from HIS point of view: here he is acting his ass off, kissing and dry-humping men, crying on command, doing everything the directors ask of him, and being the best he could possibly be (and he was), ...and here's Mr.Actually-Gay and Mr.Hot-Nomatter-What-I-Do giving the directors shit and getting away with it. Normally when an actor does that, they're either written off or replaced. If YOU were in that cast watching that go on, wouldn't it piss you off too?

    The final thing I wanna say, is you all sound like a bunch of fangirls. From the way you're ruthlessly defending 2 guys you don't even know and beating the hell out of THIS one for giving you ONE GLIMPSE of them that happens to be unpleasant, it seems like you're confusing Gale and Randy for Brian and Justin. These are NOT real people, kids.. The real people behind those rolls are total strangers to you. Yes QAF meant something to all of us, and by all means continue to love it and the characters, but don't make the mistake of mixing the actors in with it. The characters are your beloved, and the actors behind them are whoever the hell they are, who really gives a shit. Go about it any other way, and you'll only ruin it for yourself.

    -S

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  91. Ya know what, I don't care that this blog is old and forgotten, I have to say something anyway, for those who've posted and STILL read the replies, and those who may in future stumble upon it and read all this shit like I just have:

    First of all, I don't think it really needs to be said that Hal is entitled to his own opinion. He's also allowed to voice that opinion in the respectful way that he did without saying any names, and giving reasons for his statements. It could be argued that a real professional wouldn't have said anything at all, but this is obviously something he felt very strongly about, and I'm sure his wording on the subject is alot more colorful in a more casual setting.

    Now having said that, I also want to point out that NONE of you, with the exception of maybe one or two, actually know ANY of these people, or what they're like after 6 years of working closely with them. And even if you did, it would only in the context of ONE project, and in ONE aspect of their personalities: their profession. Nobody is asking you to believe Gale and Randy are bad people, or that they were 100% wrong for trying to insert their 2 cents, infact Hal didn't even say that.
    What you should realize is that both Gale and Randy had very demanding jobs as the main characters on the show. When a secondary characters acting isn't quite up to par or the roll has to change a bit, people don't notice as much, or don't care. But when the actor of a main character cant give his best, it IS noticed, and highly scrutinized. Their job is to give the best performance, and if they feel they cant do that for whatever reason, they may become what we would call "divas" off screen in the process of trying to compromise on something they don't feel they can work with.
    And I can understand why Hal may feel so strongly about the disagreement because he has said before that this roll was very difficult for him. Think about that from HIS point of view: here he is acting his ass off, kissing and dry-humping men, crying on command, doing everything the directors ask of him, and being the best he could possibly be (and he was), ...and here's Mr.Actually-Gay and Mr.Hot-Nomatter-What-I-Do giving the directors shit and getting away with it. Normally when an actor does that, they're either written off or replaced. If YOU were in that cast watching that go on, wouldn't it piss you off too?

    The final thing I wanna say, is you all sound like a bunch of fangirls. From the way you're ruthlessly defending 2 guys you don't even know and beating the hell out of THIS one for giving you ONE GLIMPSE of them that happens to be unpleasant, it seems like you're confusing Gale and Randy for Brian and Justin. These are NOT real people, kids.. The real people behind those rolls are total strangers to you. Yes QAF meant something to all of us, and by all means continue to love it and the characters, but don't make the mistake of mixing the actors in with it. The characters are your beloved, and the actors behind them are whoever the hell they are, who really gives a shit. Go about it any other way, and you'll only ruin it for yourself.

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    1. It's been years, and you may never see this. But I completely agree with you whoever you are. All these Gale and Randy fans who will forgive them anything but jump all over anyone who dares to say they are not perfect. Even today, April 2014. Harold's fans still can't stop hating on Hal. and can't go two sentences about the man without mentioning this interview.

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  92. I know the interview with Hal Spark was published 2 years ago. But after reading the last comment I have to say something, too.

    First off all, I agree, Hal Spark was allowed to voice his opinion in the way he did. He didn't say any names and that was OK.

    But it must also be allowed to defend Gale and Randy (if they are these two suggested persons) That doesn't mean confusing both actors for their characters on QAF or sounding like a bunch of fangirls. I'm sure most people can make the difference between actor and the character he plays. And most of them don't know the real people behind the roles.
    But people want to support their beloved actors (I mean the real persons) by doing this.
    Frankly, it was neither Gales nor Randys intention to hurt their fellow actors. They wanted more loving story lines for their characters. And they were absolutely right to do so. They represented Justin and Brian, the two most beloved characters on the series. Their relationship made QAF successful. Without them there wouldn't have been 5 seasons. Because of that they were NOT written off or replaced.

    Hal felt so strongly about the disagreement because he has said before that this role was very difficult for him. That's no apology. It was his job. He is an actor!!!
    The hard work of a really professional actor wouldn't get interrupted just because of "ego and bullshit"
    Hal obviously wanted to continue the series. Gale and Randy had other plans for their future. Without them there was no 6th season possible. Why? Brian could have followed Justin to New York after 1 or 2 episodes and then 10 more episodes without them. Why didn't CowLip do that? I'm sure the fans wouldn't have accepted that and Cowlip knew that.

    In my opinion Hal couldn't understand this and that's the only reason he made this comment in the interview. Perhaps there is also a little bit of jealousy because Randy and Gale became more popular than Hal. I don't know.

    Finally, Randy and Gale were absolutely right to say what they think about their roles. Hal was allowed to voice his opinion. But his reasons are NOT plausible. And people do feel it.

    By the way I'm not a little fangirl. I'm male and 33. ^^

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  93. Lol! I've heard of this article, just stumbled upon it today. What the heck is everyone so worked up about?

    The interviewer bought up the subject and asked about the possibility of a movie. Not Hal. Also, he said he still speaks to Randy, so that can't be one of the two people who he's on about :P

    He obviously believed in the project and the good it could do. He didn't believe himself worthy of commenting and changing things to do with a character who'd lifestyle he had not lived. So, he didn't.

    He trusted the producers and let himself be used as an instrument to get across what they wanted to say; what was written. Much like paint on the end of an artist's brush.

    He took it to an extreme amount of passiveness for an actor. But it says something that he wasn't encouraged to speak and asked for his opinion.

    Yes it got silly at the end, but it wasn't real. It was entertainment. Happily ever after is boring. Everyone coos for a second and then they forget. This way, it's up to the viewer how things end up years later.

    Not much comfort when you've invested so much of yourself and gotten so into the show for five years, but it's the truth. The truth is rarely pure and never simple ;)

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  94. You know, no matter what Hal thinks he knows, if there were to be another QAF, it will never be anything without the two STARS that he wouldn't mention.

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  95. I'm not surprised by Hal's comments. I recently watched a YouTube video where the entire QAF cast was interviewed (wo Gale) and Randy and Hal were sitting next to each other and you could feel the tension between them. Hal interrupted Randy a couple of times (and Randy did not look amused) and he even made some comment about Randy that I didn't quite understand, but that I think was meant as an attack against Randy. On the other hand, it was pretty obvious Randy didn't really want to be there and when he commented on his character, he said that he personally couldn't identify with Justin because he never would have been attracted to Brian in the first place. I didn't mind what he said, but was a bit put out by the way he said it. I like Hal, but I do think he has a big mouth and likes to hear himself talk, I'm a bit surprised that he's talking shit so many years later, even if the interviewer was the one to broach the subject of QAF, and I get the feeling he's jealous of Gale and Randy. As for Randy, I also like him. I get the feeling that he signed on for the show thinking he was going to be making an important contribution - both as an actor and as a gay man. While I, personally, think he achieved this, I think the character of Justin is not how he wanted to be seen. As he said, Justin was not someone he could identify with and it just seemed that he was really unhappy and frustrated with Justin's storyline. While he's entitled to his personal opinions, I'm a bit disappointed in how he handled that frustration - I've seen/read quite a few interviews where he discussed his frustrations, during the run of the show. In my opinion, he should have waited until the show was over to discuss his personal feelings - by trivializing Justin, he potentially offended fans who really liked or identified with Justin. However, I also realize that he was in his early 20s when all of this was going on, while the rest of the cast was a good 8-10 years older than him. I still like everyone, mainly because I, as well as most of the people who have commented, don't know any of these men personally. We've constructed personas of who they are, based on our knowledge of them, which is really quite limited. I get the sense that they're all good people, but that working on that show was probably difficult for a lot of different reasons. I think Hal was brave for taking on the role of Michael in the first place and that any demeaning comments he's said were based solely on his own insecurities he felt while taking on such a challenging role (and I don't even necessarily mean the man on man action - as an actor he had to go to a lot of emotional places that he probably had never tapped into before). And I think Randy was simply frustrated with playing a character who could have done so much more - I can see how playing Justin would have been annoying. Justin was a young man who had so much potential, yet was fixated on Brian to the point that nothing else seemed to matter. I also think Randy didn't know how to deal with the attention - not only did people see him as Justin, but he became a gay icon and was thrust into this limelight that I don't think he wanted. As for Gale - I don't have much to say about him. He seems to be very private, but he also seems to march to the beat of his own drummer. He seems to be the kind of guy to do what he wants - not to hurt anyone else, but just to live his life how he wants to. I can see how some may think he's a prick, but he seems like a nice guy to me. Okay - I'm done rambling. It'd be great if everyone could just be friends. It's funny how people have seemed to pair off though - Randy and Gale seem pretty close in real life, as do Bobby and Hal, and Peter and Scott. Of everyone,I like Peter and Scott the best - they just seem to be the most fun, down to earth actors from the show. I wish those two could reunite in some buddy cop show. I'd definitely tune in!

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  96. I'm not surprised by Hal's comments. I recently watched a YouTube video where the entire QAF cast was interviewed (wo Gale) and Randy and Hal were sitting next to each other and you could feel the tension between them. Hal interrupted Randy a couple of times (and Randy did not look amused) and he even made some comment about Randy that I didn't quite understand, but that I think was meant as an attack against Randy. On the other hand, it was pretty obvious Randy didn't really want to be there and when he commented on his character, he said that he personally couldn't identify with Justin because he never would have been attracted to Brian in the first place. I didn't mind what he said, but was a bit put out by the way he said it. I like Hal, but I do think he has a big mouth and likes to hear himself talk, I'm a bit surprised that he's talking shit so many years later, even if the interviewer was the one to broach the subject of QAF, and I get the feeling he's jealous of Gale and Randy. As for Randy, I also like him. I get the feeling that he signed on for the show thinking he was going to be making an important contribution - both as an actor and as a gay man. While I, personally, think he achieved this, I think the character of Justin is not how he wanted to be seen. As he said, Justin was not someone he could identify with and it just seemed that he was really unhappy and frustrated with Justin's storyline. While he's entitled to his personal opinions, I'm a bit disappointed in how he handled that frustration - I've seen/read quite a few interviews where he discussed his frustrations, during the run of the show. In my opinion, he should have waited until the show was over to discuss his personal feelings - by trivializing Justin, he potentially offended fans who really liked or identified with Justin. However, I also realize that he was in his early 20s when all of this was going on, while the rest of the cast was a good 8-10 years older than him. I still like everyone, mainly because I, as well as most of the people who have commented, don't know any of these men personally. We've constructed personas of who they are, based on our knowledge of them, which is really quite limited. I get the sense that they're all good people, but that working on that show was probably difficult for a lot of different reasons. I think Hal was brave for taking on the role of Michael in the first place and that any demeaning comments he's said were based solely on his own insecurities he felt while taking on such a challenging role (and I don't even necessarily mean the man on man action - as an actor he had to go to a lot of emotional places that he probably had never tapped into before). And I think Randy was simply frustrated with playing a character who could have done so much more - I can see how playing Justin would have been annoying. Justin was a young man who had so much potential, yet was fixated on Brian to the point that nothing else seemed to matter. I also think Randy didn't know how to deal with the attention - not only did people see him as Justin, but he became a gay icon and was thrust into this limelight that I don't think he wanted. As for Gale - I don't have much to say about him. He seems to be very private, but he also seems to march to the beat of his own drummer. He seems to be the kind of guy to do what he wants - not to hurt anyone else, but just to live his life how he wants to. I can see how some may think he's a prick, but he seems like a nice guy to me. Okay - I'm done rambling. It'd be great if everyone could just be friends. It's funny how people have seemed to pair off though - Randy and Gale seem pretty close in real life, as do Bobby and Hal, and Peter and Scott. Of everyone,I like Peter and Scott the best - they just seem to be the most fun, down to earth actors from the show. I wish those two could reunite in some buddy cop show. I'd definitely tune in!

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  97. hello guys,

    some people telling that randy passed away...please clarrify this if its true... thanks...

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  98. EVERYONE--please stop the name calling! Hal has a right to his opinion, however whiny or jealous or whatever he may seem or be. Gale Harold and Randy Harrison simply did not get along with each other very well on the set and neither wanted to resign their contracts. But I suspect there may be a QAF movie someday, when everyone lets go of their anger. They know that karma comes back on them for their egos and anger issues. QAF on! Tate Feltcher

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  99. "Gale Harold and Randy Harrison simply did not get along with each other very well on the set and neither wanted to resign their contracts."

    Huh? GH and RH are obviously friends and have been all along, e.g. GH recently went to see Randy perform at Joe's Pub in NYC. Amd I think both were more than happy to "resign their contracts".

    Just came to check this out. It still gets referred to on QAF and Gale Harold websites, and people syill come here to view this crazy debate.

    These days Hal *apparently* has good things to say about Randy (well, one complimentary tweet, at least), but still has problems with Gale (deciphered from one Scott tweet and one Hal tweet).

    (I'm sure three tweets would stand up in court!)

    Randy has said he would consider a reunion if the script were right (recent interview). I'm sure Gale would be up for it given the crapola he's happy to appear in these days. On the actor front, the one who now thinks it would be a bad idea is Peter Paige. He basically thinks the characters are all too old (presumably apart from Justin).

    I don't care - I'd be more than happy to see a "middle-aged" QAF.

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  100. I also find it odd that hal talks about how proud of the show he was and that he was doing something "meaningful" did he feel that way from the start? because all I remember of him was constantly declaring how straight he was, and told any and every body who would listen he was hetero,and how disgusting it was to kiss a man, I believe his exact words were "it was like kissing a dog." sorry hal, you have no credibilty as far as i am concerned.

    Yes, I seem to recall Hal Sparks making sure everyone knew he was straight, damnit!

    I thought "Queer as Folk" was an awful show. I watched only the first season because it was so bad. And the Brian and Justin characters were easily the worst of the bunch. I also don't think much of Gale Harold with his cold dead eyes and Randy Harrison with his giant head.

    The only characters I found in the least watchable were Ted and Emmett.

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  101. I think Mr Sparks has a point there. Noone of us can deny the fact that in his work and effort he would find the "obstacles" being put by his fellow co-stars, since he was there, and we weren't. So, since he experienced that, he is free to say it. And it's ok. It's not resentful. It's real.

    I, personally, don't have any problem with any of the cast. I can understand the fact that some actors wanted to see their characters taking another trip, 'cause I found some stories in season 4/5 exaggerated. I didn't like Justin's playing-with-guns story nor the fact that Brian started being extremely confident and satisfied and ended up being miserable. I don't mean I did'nt like that he fell in love, or that he was sad when his lover was missing' but during season 5 in every aspect of his life, he is miserable (and you can clearly see it if you watch scenes from seasons 1 and 2, and then go to 5) He is not sure of himself, he is not happy, he is not Kinney. My point is, that to some extent, I agree with the actors. But, at the end of the day, Hal is right. They are the actors' not the writers. So, they can complain, but they don't have the last word.

    Also, what Hal is saying about Robert Gant and Harris Allan is that they put a lot of effort, meaning they wanted to keep working in QaF. So, did him. His words are like a complaint to the fact he wasn't given the chance to work more on this show as the other minor roles who actually did want to continue. He wanted a season 6, so did many of the other actors. But the two main characters didn't.

    So, we can all hate Sparks about revealing the truth, but when we shout "we want them back", or we create the "we want a Qaf movie" fan page in facebook we all know that it's not gonna happen because of them two.

    Again I'm saying that I totally respect everyone's decisions and I don't judge them. Their lives, their decisions.

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  102. We all should agree on the outstanding work all of the actors did on this incredible grondbreaking show.
    Yea, I would have liked to see a season 8, with Kinnetik expanding to NY, but it was not to be.
    Season 4 went sideways, propably because of the movie RH did: Bang, Bang, You Are Dead.
    I have the feeling that this movie was important to him on a very personal level and it carried over into QaF. The role he played there was secondary, but the message was important.
    So, gang, stop psych-analyzing and just enjoy the show! E

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  103. Oooooh, c'mon people! Get real (and get a life afterwards)! QaF US has been one of the most stupid and unrealistic shows in TV history! Full of poor acting, directing, writing... you name it, they had it; the only interesting thing being the hot visuals offered by some of the cast members, but then again, you can get that from any porn website, right?

    So who gives a fuck about what any of them has to say?

    Well, not me anyway.

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  104. MEOW! Geez... After reading the article, among other things from other cast members, I was under the impression that the "straight" actor he was speaking of was Chris Potter...?
    Hal did a great job on QAF, as well as the entire cast.
    However, I've read articles & seen video of Randy Harrison speaking some not-so kind words about QAF; which I was surprised to read/hear.
    I've never heard the "Gale bashing" through all these yrs, so now I'm interested & will go through some archives to see what has been said.
    But anyhoo, so much for speaking one's opinion & stating how one feels while being interviewed. I guess next time Hal should lie. ?

    You guys are brutal!

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  105. How PATHETIC PPL LIKE ANDREI SZYSLAK can get to be! I mean I wanna believe ppl r not so stupid to visit this or any other article just because they wanna annoy the others but because they r interested in what's said on it, if they're not then GET THE F0CK OUT, as simple as that!


    Ok, now about the article. Hal Sparks is a jealous bitch! haha (just kidding), I don't know the man neither Gale or Randy, nor how was the relationship between them n the other cast & crew members, so I can't really tell why he said it.



    What I can tell is that he did wrong by saying those things, I mean he is slandering against Gale & Randy, cause he is not saying directly the names of the two cast memebers but he leaves it to our imagination (so to speak), when he said and I quote "I’m sure the people out there in Queer as Folkland have some idea who I’m talking about". What the hell?! He is not saying it, but he is saying it, that's low! If he wants to express something of course HE CAN DO SO, there is nothing wrong about it! What's wrong is that HE DOESN'T HAVE THE GUTS to say to whom he refers in the article, but HE DOES say how problematic they are and even dares to speak for the executive producers Ron and Dan, claiming that they wouldn't want to work with Gae & Randy over again, like I said THAT'S LOW!!!!



    SO IN A NUTSHELL, HE MAY BE JEALOUS, HE MAY BE NOT. BUT HE IS A FUCKER BECAUSE OF TRASHING TWO MYSTERIOUS PPL WHO WORKED WITH HIM AND A PUSSY FOR NOT HAVING THE BALLS TO SAY TO WHOM HE WAS REFERING.

    Ivan.

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  106. "We all should agree on the outstanding work all of the actors did on this incredible grondbreaking show.
    Yea, I would have liked to see a season 8, with Kinnetik expanding to NY, but it was not to be. Season 4 went sideways, propably because of the movie RH did: Bang, Bang, You Are Dead"

    The last part really made me laugh. I love it, and probably as much as I loved QaF. But come on people. Why do we have to ruin the goodness of the show. I mean, the actors are very good and made their characters very believable. The story might not have gone the way everyone (or the majority) wanted but what the hell? Queer as Folk has made it's mark, a really big and permanent one which no other show has ever done (I think), and that in itself what the fans should put in their minds. The printed interview here was posted in 2008 and there are commnents until 2011. Is it because Hal Sparks is whiney and jealous and unprofessional and deserves everyone's hate? Hell no! It was because he was Michael Novotny in Queer as Folk. QaF started in 2000 and is still being watched in 2012. The show ended in 2005 and is still a hot topic until 2012. I'd rather have QaF remind me the show's great impact over the years, what it has accomplshed and how great it was and still is. To hell with anything that is outside Brian and Justin, Michael and Ben, Ted, Emmett, Lindsay and Melanie, and Debbie.

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  107. I WANT to COMMENT!! YEHEY~~!
    AS of 2012, I still can't believe QAF is still a hot topic - though I just watched the show just a week ago and havign this can't- get-over symptoms. Anyway, I am loving the attention for the series :) It just shows how great the series is...And for those people saying it is trash, why bother coming here in the first place? That is just sooo~ contradictory.

    About Hal Spark's interview...Like most of you guessed, I feel that the people he is somehow talking about is Gale and Randy. Randy from what I have read in some interview of his, wants to end his contract since he can't wait to pursue theater w/c is his first love or passion...I don't know about Gale; but, I also think that the series should've really ended at season 5 before it gets far more worst than it already is - starting from season 4. I like, rather I love, the first 3 seasons and i would have rather have the 3rd season ending than the 5th season ending. If the ending in season 5 was not that open-ended and depressing, I don't think so many people would be bitching about it... But too bad it was depressing and it will really leave you unsatisfied. You follow the love of the two guys and you get a crappy ending of their supposed-to-be-love story. I love tragic endings; but, I don't like these kind of endings that keep you hanging - letting you hope for something you can never get. It irritates me - and maybe some or a lot of people feel the same sentiment.

    And about Hal Spark saying too much crap, well he has his own right to say whatever he wants..but you really got to be ready with people judging you poorly. People are judgmental and feel the need to know everything when they really don't know anything. That's life and I'm being one too..right now :P

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  108. Hi,
    I just finished all the comments
    it is funny to see, that after 3 years You still have emotions about the interview.
    It means, that no matter what people think, defend Hal Sparks or assault him the show is a HUGE success story.

    I tell You what is NOT a success story The hungarian dub of the show.Just terrible... Just finished the firsth 2 seasons. If I would not knowing the original before, I would stop watching it after the pilot. This is "pathetic"

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  109. Awww, whats wrong, did you think Brian and Justin would be together forever?!??

    Gale is an amazing actor, and he is still on tv. On the other hand I always HATED Randy harrison's character...so ugly, such a stereotype, so shallow, such bad acting. What is Randy doing now? Community Theater.

    Hal did a very good job at his role, and is totally believable as a gay man. He was a little annoying at times, but not nearly as much as randy. The two stars of the show got bloated egos and no longer wanted to be in QAF because they felt like their careers were taking off. I think Randy realizes now he made a BIG mistake, as he prepares for his next community theater role.

    Robert Gant was the sexiest, most amazingly positive gay character on the show. You couldn't ask for a better role model....and I personally developed quite a crush on him.

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  110. It's 2012 and I'm commenting on this thread. This should inform everyone that QAF has made an impact on our culture. I think a QAF movie, in light of gay marriage being a major political issue and with President Obama recent endorsement of gay marriage.

    My understanding is that Randy didn't want to sign on for the sixth season. Gale said he was willing to sign on for another season as long as Randy would do so also. So basically Gale backed up Randy and Showtime decided it could not continue with out its major stars.

    And yes Hal has his right to speak his mind. Just as fans have a right to react. But Hal needs get over himself and man up. If he had issues with Gale/Randy why didn't he name them point blank and not say oh the two actors I'm talking about people would know who they are. That is bs. And Hal doesn't have the right to speak for the Cowlip producers.

    And my understanding of showbiz is that if money can be made, enemies become the best of friends.

    Hal's comments about actors should not complain and act like trained dogs is stupid. No wonder his acting career never took off or even continued to any degree.

    Actors are supposed to bring to life the characters they protray. They knew them the best. QAF had multiple writers over the 5 season and season 4 and 5 weren't good.

    I can understand Randy' frustrations though he should not have aired them in the media. The pink posse was a stupid story line. Rosie O'Donnell was a stupid casting mistake. And Brian's character was all over the map in season 4 and 5.

    After the breakup with Justin, Brian went from only being able to trick with Justin lookalikes to reuniting with Justin and settling down to heading off to Aussieland to start tricking everyone down under to declaring his love for Justin and buying that cheesy mansion to not being able to trick at his own stag party. Plus, he reverted back to season 1 with pushing Justin away after his bout with cancer. Brian pushing away people had been done too many times and you would of thought that he Brian would had grown up a little by then.

    But the producers/writers wanted to keep the gay lothario thing going. But that storyline was too repetitive.

    But I would like to see what happen next.. would Brian/Justin reunite (you don't have to live in NY to be a great artist), did Melanie and Lindsey return (wasn't believable that Brian would let them run away. He was a stand your ground and fight type a person and probably would want his son to grow up thinking that running away is a good answer).

    I also would love to see the development of Emment and Ted.

    But their is a Rise N Shine QAF convention in Germany next month. All nine cast members are attending. I hope Hal has grown up and will be gracious.

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  111. Hal was entitled to his opinion. I reckon Gale and randy would have got too big for their boots on the show. They came to believe the show was all about them, so that would have made them pricks to work with, I am sure. I also believe that fans enjoy any dirt that comes out about the cast, so admit it: you didn't mind when Hal let this stuff out.

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  112. Alright this is 7 years since the show ended and it's taken me half a night to read.I'm one of new QAF U.S. followers since it's been on YT only couple of months.I've heard of Hal Spark's less than professional arguments before I fell over this blog,so I only send him reminder of 'sour grapes'and a mantra 'no Gale/Randy no QAF'as wonderful everybody was, without them they would have gone after one season.

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  113. I'm also new to QAF. I just watched the UK & US version on the tube last month.
    From watching the series I can definitely see GH & RH questioning their character's development. I get the FEELING that:
    -HS wasn't pleased with GH & RH challenging the writers and made some smart ass remark to them.
    -GH & RH probably told him to fuck off and that it was easy for him to say "just do your job" because his character had a half way decent story line. RH probably felt like "You got a Doctor and then a Hunky Professor. He & you get a foster kid, you also have a biological child (with a lesbian) & you get married. I got a promiscuous non-BF who provides for me financially & fucks me well, but treats me like shit & I’m part of the Pink Posse".

    Also, from these and other fan comments (esp YT), Brian & Justin are the favorites.
    Hal gets a lot of flack for his statement about GH & RH because he's seen as being jealous of his more popular co-stars. He has his fair share of QAF fans, but his character Michael is also seen as being jealous of B&J, so he’s always going to be a bitter, envious attention seeker by “Britin” shipers.

    I agree with GH & RH questioning their characters especially RH's (Justin).
    Although a spoiled brat with no concept of the world; which is to be expected of a privileged 17 year old; he still has a certain level of maturity that most adults don't (e.g. Brian & Mickey). He's a intelligent, talented, sweet natured, well adjusted handsome blond young man. This does not fit with the fixated doormat that he is portrayed as. This portrayal was SLIGHTLY TOLERABLE in Season 1 - he’s a naive teenager who is seduced & has his virginity taken by a sexy older man with whom he becomes infatuated with. But his acceptance of the constant shitty treatment by Brian wore thin very quickly. When I watched the 1st episode of season 2, I did not care for the character at all. The "doormat" is indicative of a young girl with low self esteem. I guess this is why the show has such a strong female following.
    Gale’s character is a whole nother story……

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  114. i really love the QAF story..especially brian kinney and justin taylor love story....gale harold is a great,smart and the best actor for me...i dont mind what hal,talking about?all i want is a next series or movie for QAF US...GALE &RANDY PLEASE COMEBACK..

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  115. Am I the only one that found Justin just... Gross. Also, has anyone else picked up on the fact that a lot of the "anonymous" postings are the same person? If you are going to post over and over again, at least change writing patterns. I found Michael sweet mostly. The whole "since I was a kid" thing got a bit old. I love Peter Paige. He rocks and is super nice in person. I think one of the more developed characters was Ted, oddly he is the most attractive to me as well. Loved the lezzies as well. Deb was hilarious. I think the only character I was over was Justin. I never understood the "he is so hot" thing. He looks like he smells of bologna. Ben was super hot.

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  116. I like Hal Sparks (and I think the bashing in these comments is a little ridiculous), but his comments were incredibly unprofessional. If another actor cared enough to make sure that the writing stayed true to his character, that should be celebrated, not insulted. I would rather watch actors that truly want to give the best portrayal possible, even if that means challenging the writers if things seemed off. Even if Hal disagreed with that, it's not his place to bad-mouth those actors for it years after the show ended.
    Also, I don't know about Randy Harrison, but it's pretty well known that Gale Harold is still pretty close with a few of his former co-stars, especially Scott Lowell. None of us were there, so we obviously don't know what happened, but if Gale was so horrible, would he be that close to these cast-mates?

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  117. @Jenn I like how you referred to Chris Potter as "straight" in between quotes. Chris has been in the closet forever, hoping for a career in USA which never took off. Silk Stalkings was lame, he was terrible in it and back to uber-liberal, gay-friendly Canada he went...still in the closet. Rock Hudson was married too to a female, and I believe so were Liberace, Freddy Mercury, Tyrone Power and George Michael. There is such a thing as IVF and surrogates these days. The fact that he has 5 kids proves nothing. Chris Potter is and has always been a closeted gay man who had a fling with David Carradine... starting with the Carradine casting couch. They maintained a casual sexual relationship throughout the series duration. He's fast approaching 60, you'd think it'd be time to come out but if his kids don't know... maybe when one of his boys announces he's gay he'll change his tune. It's not like he has a career to gain or fans to lose by keeping up his charade but whatever floats his sweet ass' boat!

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  118. WOW. I say that towards the posters here, not Hal. The guy is interviewed, asked to answer questions, & he answered honestly. In an ensemble cast the chances of every person getting along is very unrealistic. I'm glad he was honest instead of responding to interview questions like a robot being ran by their publicist. I love all the cast members of QAF, we're all entitled to our own opinions & so what? He doesn't like a few people he worked with. It's his experience & that's how he feels. And for the record, Hal was just in Cologne with Randy & the cast (minus Gale) in 2012. Looked like they got along ok to me...Calm down, Marys...

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  119. In response to the response to my earlier comments. I put " around straight for Chris Potter because I was referring to the INTERVIEW. Not what may or may not be in personal lives...

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  120. Wow, so this was published in 2008 and it's still getting comments. Amazing. Thought I'd keep it alive and chime in.
    QAF was my adolescence. I became obsessed with it during season 4 when I was 13 and now can still quote entire episodes from the first season (could damn sure try for the entire series though!) It was incredibly impactful to me, and I still remember it very fondly.
    That said, I don't give a rat's ass if there was animosity behind the scenes. That has nothing to do with me. I still love Hal, and I adore Mikey! I really want to see what Hal is up to now...
    Came across this while thinking today that Brian would be 44. Amazing, right? Wonder if he would have settled down with anyone or just offed himself. Well, you know, considering how dramatic he was about aging.
    My favorite character was always Teddy anyways, lol.

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  121. Just for the record, I went to 3 QAF DVD signings and the convention in Toronto and Hal was just as charming, witty and friendly as I thought he would be. Gale on the other hand was totally blitzed drunk when I saw him in Boston with Thea and Michelle. He was a real prick! I had heard he was like that on other tours and said to a reliable source of mine that's the only way he can deal with it . Randy, he might as well just have been a piece of furniture, all he did was sign without a word in Dallas with Peter and Scott, ok, I know he had previous bad experiences with wild fans and was on edge, but still. He could have at least acted at least a tad more grateful to the fans Im sorry, the only reason the above people are bashing Hal is because they cant except the truth. There were and still are fans that are Brian and Justin worshipers and are only defending them because of that. Also, during season 4, I got very reliable inside info that Gale and Randy were sick of the show and made a big stink to get out then. The only reason they didn't is because all the cast had already signed 5 year contracts. So yes, they were the troublemakers! Quite frankly and honestly, the rest of the cast was totally relieved they weren't at the reunion, as they should have been.

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  122. It doesn't matter who Hal is talking about here. The fact that he complained about his co-stars is the real problem we should focus on

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  123. I'm so relieved that I'm not the only one who became batshit crazy about this show. Who gives a shite about behind the scenes drama!!! The actors did their job and a good job they did. 14 years later the characters are still making an impact (on younger generations). QAF is unprecedented and will be a classic. Great job show-runners and beloved actors!
    ~Gale is God!!!

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  124. I'm so relieved that I'm not the only one who became batshit crazy about this show. Who gives a shite about behind the scenes drama!!! The actors did their job and a good job they did. 14 years later the characters are still making an impact (on younger generations). QAF is unprecedented and will be a classic. Great job show-runners and beloved actors!
    ~Gale is God!!!

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  125. Okay...So I've read everything, had some bonafide laughs and a couple of frowns of my own. And YES, I do realize how old this post is but because I can, I will post my opinion anyway.

    First, I will say that I have never been a fan of Hal Sparks from back in the days of Talk Soup, years upon years before I really discovered QAF. However, my son ia probably his biggest fan because of the show Lab Rats on the Disney Channel. I think he could have and should handled the question from the interviewer more diplomatically. Not doing so has made him look extremely petty and not a person you would want in your workspace or near your life at all (take note of the words "looks like" before you decide to come for me).

    Secondly, I want to put this out there for the writers of QAF, CowLip and the gay communiry regarding my personal feelings about Queer As Folk and I'm almost sure that most of your hetero female audience will agree with me, YES, the actors and their roles were Good-looking people but that is NOT what kept me coming back to be compelled over and over again. It was the STORIES!! Plain and simple; the unadulterated truth. The storylines and investment in each of the characters (including Michael which was my least favorite-I'll explain why in a moment) was what kept me and keeps me addicted to QAF. I personally could see myself or someone I know and maybe sometimes love in every character of the show. I'll start with Brian because I identified with him the most. If his character was a woman, I'd be her. Everything from the way he lived his (fictional) life to his philosophy on relationships to even the reckless living (at times) has been and in a lot of ways still is my life. I refuse to bend to suit others, I won't coast through life and I do as I damn well please. I am a Dominant and I don't have any qualms about it. I live everyday of my life by the actions speak louder than words credo. Justin I could identify with because I was young and naive about life once upon a time too but wise about people. Mel and Lindz I could identify with because underneath this hard edged exterior I'm still a woman and our thoughts and feelings (thanks in large part to estrogen) can never be explained to a man ever! Ben and Hunter I could identify with because of a close family member living with the virus these past 22 years. Thanks be to the Almighty that she is doing reasonably well and I pray she'll continue to do so. Emmett is my DARLING!! He's bold, brazen and a DIVA which I am! Teddy reminds me of me before I knew who I was or my own self-worth. As far as Michael's character, I know whiny, insecure people who have an inflated sense of morality (as they see it) but can also be insensitive. They can also be playful or spiteful and those types I have to love wirh caution and from a distance because as quick as they're happy they also kick you when you're down (something Michael did to Brian especially harsh in season 5).

    So PLEASE CowLip producers/writers and my gay and lesbian people out there reading this, cut us hetero females some slack. The truth is a lot of the time we forget all about their sexuality and hone in on the stories and the characters' lives which were compelling, riveting and addicting (the 1st 3 seasons, some episodes in 4 and very few in 5). BTW- I'm not sure if you realize it or not but the same hetero female audience you all insist upon degrading are actually your BIGGEST supporters for Gay Rights. Please think about that the next time you choose to spew derogatory remarks or do your fanbase a disservice out of spite because of undue spite from your desired demographic (Cowlip). It wasn't deserved and it hurt. As a writer myself, the loose ends with no closure is especially hard to take.

    Peace and Blessings in 2015 Y'all. Much continued success! One LOVE!!

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  126. I wish Hal wasn't so passive aggressive about it... I wish he would have just said, "Gale and Randy were difficult in the last two seasons" because it was so obvious who he was talking about. There were three gay actors: Robert, Peter, and Randy, and Hal acclaims Robert in this interview and has made several appearances with both Robert and Peter since the show ended, so it's obviously not them. And Gale is the only other actor who Hal has never been seen with since the show ended (plus he's been fairly candid about his feelings towards Gale before).

    However, I'm less than impressed with Hal's mentality that an actor should just be the mouth-piece for the writers and that they shouldn't question the things their characters say or do. Even the creators of QAF have said that they relied on the actors to help them keep their characters true because no one knew the characters better than their respective actors (especially since writers were concerned with all the characters). So I see no problem with Gale or Randy questioning the writers on the path they were being sent down and I don't think they were without justification, because honestly, season 4 and 5 Brian was all over the place; very little continuity with his character in those two years. It was very frustrating actually. I would have been fine with season 5 Brian being totally different than season 1 Brian as long as it was consistent, but he just kept jumping all over the place.

    That being said, I think there is definitely something to the comments that Gale and Randy had an inflated sense of self. They seemed to act like they were going to be moving far above and beyond QAF and being contracted for 5 years was just holding them back. Obviously not the case. And in terms of Randy, I think it would have been better if he didn't publicly complain. And I have heard fans say that Gale and Randy were less than polite (let alone nice) during events, while Hal was always very open, welcoming, and kind.

    Don't get me wrong, I think Hal is being pretty petty, but I also have a big problem with actors who act ashamed and refuse to acknowledge the roles that made them famous. Hal is very proud of his role as Michael on QAF and often talks about it; Gale and Randy, not so much.

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  127. Listen to the QAF Sheena Metal Radio Interview (2011) - all the cast participate except Randy and Hal. They are all proud and thankful for the series and seemed to have an immense love and respect for each other; and for the groundbreaking work they are all responsible for. Gale Harold talks honestly about dealing with the success of QAF and how proud he is of the show. Queer as Folk has saved my life...it is a powerful support for many of us viewers and I thank all the Cast and Crew for that!

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  128. QAF is my all time favorite show. To be honest, I loved everyone on it except the character of Michael. I thought he was a whiny, jealous little creep. I've no idea what Mr. Sparks is like in person. But for me, Brian & Justin were the whole show. Sometimes when I watch my DVDs I find myself fast forwarding to just their scenes. Gale & Randy were truly amazing and remain to this day my favorite fictional couple of all time - gay, straight or anything in between. I would love a reunion. I watched the last episode recently and still sobbed like a baby. I still long to see Brian & Justin reunited....it would feel so good.

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  129. Whoa, why so bitter Hal? I never liked Micheal anyway, though I think Brian and Micheal should have hooked up just once in the series...

    QAF is still my favorite show of all time!!!

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  130. I'm the same age as Gale Harold and I'm female. I've been obsessed with QAF since I discovered it on Netflix a few months ago. First off, I really only enjoy watching the first 3 seasons. The last 2 are so ridiculous, particularly the B & J story lines, I can barely stomach it. Justin comes from a wealthy household, is extremely intelligent, and has a bright future ahead of him. The way he allows Brian to abuse him is totally far-fetched. Even if you are "in love" with someone, a normal person's feelings would fade after so much pain is inflicted. The whole deal with Brian kicking Justin out after he discovers Brian's cancer is just too stupid to buy into. And who would want to go through surgery and a potentially deadly illness completely alone? I'm sorry, that story was just too unbelievable even for Brian.

    And Justin moving out of Brian's loft and living in poverty with someone he barely knows? Whose friends he never even met first? Good Lord!! And Justin knew good and well that Brian loved him deeply, but couldn't verbalize it. If Cowlip wanted the show to go on, all the writers should have been fired and new ones brought in to salvage it. The show could have easily gone on a couple more years if the writing had improved, therefore lifting the moral of the actors.

    As far as Hal goes, I don't get all the venom towards him. He answered an interviewers questions honestly. Is that not what most people want from celebrity interviews? Gale and Randy's dissatisfaction with their stories was becoming obvious anyway. It was starting to really show towards the end of season 4. They were simply phoning it in to get it over with so they could move on with their lives. I'm sad that Gale's career has been stalled for a long time. He is now in his mid-forties and a comeback is not very likely. I wonder if playing Brian really did essentially kill his career. He possibly has some regret about it now. And finally, I don't think Gale is completely straight. He is lying to himself. Hal and Scott always looked a little awkward in their kissing/sex scenes and it's because they are truly straight. Gale clearly enjoyed kissing Randy and was very much into it. Not sure why he has never admitted to being BI. It certainly hasn't hurt other actors like Neil Patrick Harris.

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  131. Hal, you should have never tried to mess with the eternal beauty of Britin.

    It's a fight you'll never ever win.

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