Harry Hamlin made a splash on television when he was cast in hit legal drama “L.A. Law” in 1986. However, in a new interview he reveals that a starring role in a controversial gay-themed film several years earlier effectively ended his movie career just as it was heating up.
Following his role in 1981’s “Clash of the Titans”, Hamlin co-starred with Michael Ontkean (who would later go on to “Twin Peaks”) and former “Charlie’s Angels” star Kate Jackson in “Making Love”.
A hugely controversial film for its time, the 1982 drama featured Hamlin as an openly gay man who has an affair with a married doctor (Ontkean).
Speaking with the “It Happened in Hollywood” podcast (as reported by People) Hamlin revealed that “everyone in town had turned” down the role because “the idea of a gay world was not accepted at the time.”
However, he thought the script was “exactly the kind of movie” he was looking for.
“I wanted to do something that’s relevant and edgy, cutting edge,” Hamlin said, but eventually came to realize it may have too edgy, and a bit too far ahead of time when it came to the mainstream.
“Overall, in terms of how the way that film was received, it was too early,” he admitted. “It was like 10 years too early and it completely ended my career. That was the last studio picture I ever did. The door shut with a resounding smash.”
Despite the hit his career took from “Making Love”, Hamlin said he still takes pride in his involvement. “I’m very proud of the movie and not a week goes by that people don’t come up to me and — I’m serious about this: in the supermarket, on the street — and they thank me for making that movie,” he said.