Michael and I had guests for dinner this weekend, another gay couple we don’t really know. And, as is typical, we eventually ended up sharing our coming out stories. (And can I just say? How come other people’s coming out stories always involve passionate drunk gropings with some incredibly hot drunk frat brother while mine involves…a dog-eared journal and lots of bad song lyrics?)
But as Dennis would say, I digress.
Anyway, I was thinking about that whole “when did I come out?” conversation last night when I happened to stumble upon a late-night showing of Ghost (a 1990 romantic comedy starring Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg as the fake psychic who can somehow hear her dead husband).
The movie opens with Demi, Patrick Swayze as her husband and their best friend Tony Goldwyn doing construction on their fantastaic New York loft (probably worth $3 million even then, just the kind of thing a struggling scultor and her nobody investment counselor husband could easily afford).
A wall collapses, dust billows, and through the swirling cloud comes…Patrick Swayze and Tony Goldwyn.
(Demi Moore may have been there somewhere too–I didn’t notice.)
And I’m thinking, “Oh! My! God!”
Okay, so I already knew I was gay when I saw this movie the first time (I knew I was gay, like, pre-natally). But let’s just say that this scene confirmed it.
Especially Tony Goldwyn. He has another shirtless scene in the movie (when he’s trying to seduce the devastated widow Demi after her husband dies, and he “accidentally” spills coffee on his shirt).
This man is seriously hot!
Alas, Mr. Goldwyn took the “respectable” route in the wake of Ghost, acting and directing in lots of quirkly independent films, not going for beefcake, like Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Jude Law, Jake Gyllenhaal, or virtually any of the current young crop except for Matt Damon.
Which is tragic really. I guess he was a himbo before himbo was cool. Or maybe he just has, you know, integrity in his craft.
Either way, it’s just too damn bad.
And yeah I just searched the web for a photo of him shirtless from Ghost. Nothing.