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Stephen Fry criticises James Corden's turn in The Prom but says 'Ryan Murphy is at fault'

"He should have said to dial it down and not to go for a camp, podgy 1970s figure"

2021-02-26

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Attitude/Markus Bidaux/Netflix

Stephen Fry has discussed James Corden's controversial performance in Ryan Murphy's 2020 Netflix movie The Prom.

Corden, who is straight, has attracted fierce criticism for his turn as a gay and highly camp Broadway star in the film.

The star is however nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his work, with the ceremony taking place on 1 March 2021.

"Whatever performance ends up on film is the responsibility of the director"

Addressing the performance, Fry - himself nominated for a Golden Globe for Wilde in 1999 - pointed to Murphy for not directing James to "dial it down".

“I don’t want to add to the hate James Corden is receiving [for that role]," Fry told Travel Gay. "I have to say in his defence that whatever performance ends up on film is the responsibility of the director. So Ryan Murphy is at fault there, not James. He should have said to dial it down and not to go for a camp, podgy 1970s figure.”



Fry, known for his work on TV shows like QI and Blackadder, also discussed LGBTQ rights around the world in his interview, saying: "I’ve been asked to do goodwill visits to Saudi Arabia. I’m vaguely well known there and they say they want to show me it’s not what I think it is.

"A friend said to me that if the West stops any support of Saudi Arabia, Russia and China are only too keen to forge very strong relations with their country. Is that a good thing for the world? And then immediately you’re pulled into the complexity of world relations and world politics and I suppose there is a point to that.”

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