Gay fans of the very popular series Downton Abbey should be pleased when the movie hits our screens.
Creator and screenwriter Julian Fellowes gives ample screen time to the story line surrounding Thomas Barrow, the valet turned butler in the film, which takes place in 1927. This will be of particular interest to gay fans as the storyline surrounding valet-turned-butler Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier) whose dark journey during the series saw him take some wrenching steps to try and “cure” himself of homosexuality.
Without giving away any of the major plot points, Said James-Collier: “You see Thomas discover a whole new world, and that is closer to who he is and there is a joy there, but then that joy may get taken away but it’s very emotional, Thomas’s journey. It also hammers home what it was like to be a gay man in those times, it was horrific and it’s brought back and it just shows how different it was. It must have been so hard for him and that is why the people warm to him and root for Thomas now, and they certainly will in the film if you watch it.”
James-Collier said he was grateful for the opportunity to expand on his character’s story.
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