On Brian

"He doesn't care. Apology never comes into it, so he has that energy that just drives him forward, and I think that can be really captivating."
-- Gale Harold

"My desire, above all else, is for Brian to be as realistic and human as possible. So, I try, within the constraints I am given, to find a way... I try to let something get through. And I hope that if enough gets through, there will be significant growth for Brian at least to become more self-aware. And hopefully some self-awareness will lead to deeper accessibility to his feelings towards his friends and lovers."
-- Gale Harold, Queer As Folk: The Book

"Our main character, Brian, is a guy who fucks anything that moves. He does not pay a price for it. He does not get AIDS, and he has no conscience about it. I think that's absolutely revolutionary."
-- Daniel Lipman

"Yes, I like the character. What would I change about him? I think everybody knows he needs a new car. I might be restless as an actor to do different things with him. I don't know if I would necessarily change fundamentally where we're at, but ... I guess I would hope for, depending on the future of the show, he got pushed into more and more complex ... situations in terms of what his life is about and what he goes through. Moving beyond what we've already seen him do, the world he operates in. Maybe more of his professional life and his extended family of friends. And into his own family. I'd like to see him put into, not to say, conventional circumstances ... Not so much the drugs and sex. I think that will happen because all of the characters are introduced in transitional stages. For example, Brian is going through a major transitional period. I'm looking forward to him changing my nature of the show."
-- Gale Harold

"He doesn't care—apology never comes into it. So, he has the energy that just drives him forward and I think that that can be really captivating."
-- Gale Harold (E-Now interview)

"...You have the character of Brian who has this incredible masculine energy, sexual energy, sort of that whole center of energy of the show. If he were straight, he'd be hailed, he'd be applauded, but he's not, he's gay."
-- Daniel Lipman (executive producer/head writer), Jawbreaker snippit

"I think your point is that they react strongly to the character, because some people watch the show only because they love Brian. That's the main thing to me about the show, you can talk to five different people about who their favorite character is, and it's a different character [for each person you ask]. Some people love Brian; they love what he represents, and some people hate him." Why? "I think because he is such a self-actualized person, kind of what Dan was saying, that he doesn't apologize for being gay; he's out, he's proud, he's happy."
-- Michael Lewis MacLennan (show producer/writer), Jawbreaker snippit

"He also doesn't apologize for having his own philosophy. He doesn't buy into monogamy.."
-- Brad Fraser (show writer), Jawbreaker snippit

"[Brian] does not believe that being queer is being straight, and he doesn't believe that being queer, you should live an imitation straight life... that idea is very affrontive to a lot of people. There's a lot of assimilation going on in the gay community."
-- Daniel Lipman (executive producer/head writer), Jawbreaker snippit

"It confounds me what people see in Brian [the negativity] because to me he's the most moral person on the show, he's very honest... He's very together, he looks after his friends... He's so unapologetic but he's also so evolved... He is the lighting rod.. he's the one that people always respond to, that they either love or hate."
-- Brad Fraser (show writer), Jawbreaker snippit

Still true to his character, Harold hasn't resorted to any melodramatic 180s in portraying Brian's admission of feelings and concern for boytoy-turned-love Justin. Instead, he has depicted the concession of Brian's emotions with a decidedly understated, almost anticlimactic resignation; the subtlety is infinitely more effective than any hit-you-over-the-head epiphanous response, E.g., the scenes with Justin's mom, when she asked Brian to take in her son and "touch him," in the hope that his emotional wounds from the beating might heal. Or the quiet tenderness he showed toward Justin when Justin halted their first post-attack attempt at lovemaking because he wasn't ready to be that vulnerable to another person again, even the one he loves.
-- Robert Schork, Soap Opera Weekly

"I'm very happy with it. In the [original] U.K. version, the creator, Russell T. Davies, never had the time to flesh out or develop the character. He was never sure of the life of the show, so it was written week to week. That's why I believe Brian came across so harsh. Showtime committed to 22 episodes right off, and that gave the writers time to give Brian an arc and more depth."
-- Marc Antony, Say Uncle! "I knew it would be considered controversial by conservatives, the far political right and certain types of religious people. I knew that it was going to push buttons with those people and that they were going to have a reaction to it. Let's face it, homosexuality has been misrepresented in a religious and political sense in this country for a long time. This relates to your earlier question about what I share with Brian. I think we both see the hypocrisy of the church and state being blended together when it suits someone's political purposes. It's not what this country's about at all."
-- Gale Harold, DNA Magazine interview (December 2004)


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