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hi people wow i didn't notice it... i think t...

2010-07-03T23:43:29.636+01:00

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On Poirot and being gay, I too have wondered this....

2010-03-22T09:06:02.731+00:00

On Poirot and being gay, I too have wondered this. My mom was a big Agatha Christie fan and she insisted that no he was not gay, that Christie was writing for the era she lived in.

I read an interview with Suchet where he stated that he did not think Poirot was gay. That he was essentially not sexual. And that he was playing a bachelor from the 30's.

I have also watched a show called Monk with Tony Shaloub. I think Monk is supposed to be a modern day version of Poirot. All of the neurosis and OCD is the same. For today's audience they make him a widower. I think that had Christie suspected that people would see Poirot as gay that she may have written him the same way, a widower.
And just as an aside, Tony Randall had portrayed Poirot in a movie and Christie was NOT amused. So much so that when Suchet was picked to play Poirot he was told adamantly by the Christie family that he was to not play Poirot as a clown. Suchet said that they pointed out Randall's performance as being especially disturbing to Christie herself.
I take from this that Christie figured Randall was gay and played Poirot as gay and did not like it at all.



On the Poirot comment, I have often wondered about...

2007-12-05T06:26:00.000+00:00

On the Poirot comment, I have often wondered about the gay issue, and found this thread by googling Poirot + Gay. I have only read one Poirot story, so my main conception of him derives from Suchet's portrayal in the BBC show, which I have seen nearly every epidsode of. One can't help but wonder at his fastidious dressing, manners and gorgeous art deco pad and think, is he or isn't he? My personal theory is that he is gay, but due to his strong disciplinarian side and his Waloon Belgian Catholicism (plus the cultural mores of the time)he represses it and sublimates it into his work, therefore becoming essentially asexual. His work is what gives him meaning, satisfaction, and release (note his passionate buildups in the way he does his "big reveals" at the ends of the stories. Metaphorically, they are his form of orgasm.) His admiration for glamorous women always seems to me to be without underlying intent. Rather like admiring a sculpture or flower arrangement. So in short, this is my take on Suchet's skillful and complex Poirot portrayal. As for Christie's original intent, I am not well read enough to say. But to me, Poirot is and always will be embodied by Suchet. Thanks for bringing up the issue. I am glad I'm not the only one to think about this!



I wonder why so many people have the copyright sig...

2007-08-08T12:58:00.000+01:00

I wonder why so many people have the copyright signs etc on their pics and texts. The copyright belongs to them anyway immedeately when they produce the content...right?



Thanks a heap for the "libel tourism" heads up and...

2007-08-07T21:18:00.000+01:00

Thanks a heap for the "libel tourism" heads up and the links. I am bolstered in my love of America and the freedoms that we enjoy paid for with the lives of our servicemen. The next time I think about Arlington Cemetery I'll mentally place another rose on all the headstones.



i once anxiously asked a friend if i should copyri...

2007-08-07T18:07:00.000+01:00

i once anxiously asked a friend if i should copyright a screenplay before putting it on Triggerstreet - he said i'd be lucky if someone stole it & sold it, because then i could sue them, or at least get some publicity & agents lookng at my other stuff, that that indeed would be a pretty good outcome.



A comment about the high cost of protecting intell...

2007-08-06T14:24:00.000+01:00

A comment about the high cost of protecting intellectual property: there are boutique IP firms (both legal/law firms and investigative firms) that provide excellent services for reasonable fees.



If I remember rightly Poirot had a bit of a yen fo...

2007-08-06T13:31:00.000+01:00

If I remember rightly Poirot had a bit of a yen for a flamboyant Russian Countess.



"Is Poirot gay"I doubt it. I rather think Agatha w...

2007-08-06T08:59:00.000+01:00

"Is Poirot gay"
I doubt it. I rather think Agatha wanted to have her detective unsullied by sexual matters so as to concentrate on the job in hand - so to speak.

Gladys Hobson



I would hope that, given her success, Rowling isn'...

2007-08-06T02:44:00.000+01:00

I would hope that, given her success, Rowling isn't dithering too much over "Harry Potter Meets Chairman Mao in the Forbidden City."

And given the cost of textbooks, is there any wonder there's piracy?