A celebrity is drawing some attention to himself in the gay community for his newest role on NBC‘s newest comedy series, “The New Normal“. Justin Bartha plays David Murray, a gay gynecologist in the new show. The story centers around his character and his ‘partner’ Bryan Collins (portrayed by Andrew Rannells) who are trying to become partners while still juggling their lives. However, the actor is best known for his portrayal of Doug Billings in the 2009 film The Hangover, the friend that in the first installment was lost from the rest of the cast, trying to get him to his wedding. Another notable performance of his is that of Mr. Riley Poole, the nerdy hunter companion opposite of Nicholas Cage in the 2004 production of National Treasure and its sequel in 2007, National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Despite all of that, now he leaves the screen of movies and leaps onto television where he. Yesterday, the actor was on Ellen where he sat down with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to discuss why he chose to do the role its tribute.
Bartha made some funny joking statements in his interview with DeGeneres. He claims that sometimes, he’s never sure which of himself should he be during filming. “I’m not sure if I’m drunk or if I’m gay,” he explained. Later, Justin added that sometimes his chaotic mind leads him to “make out with Bradley Cooper.” However, one stuck out more than anything.
“I have a younger brother who is gay. He’s my only brother and I play my character in his honor.”
Now, DO NOT get the story line mistaken with his personal life! The 34-year old star is a heterosexual man. One of his most famous celebrity relationships was the one where he dated Ashley Olsen a while back. I do have to say though, for his age, he’s quite a fine man! I have to honor him with the fact that he is a straight man who has dared to take on a gay role for the public to see. Although he’s not the first actor to face the challenge, he is one in my book that stands out. Justin Bartha, thegaybeaner.com thanks you for your service to the LGBT community and honors you with the Gold Star below.
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