Marc Maron wanted “Bad Education” to be more exotic.
The 2019 Emmy Award-winning TV movie based on a true story starred Hugh Jackman as corrupt school district superintendent Frank Tassoni who embezzled millions of dollars in school funds. Frank’s husband Tom was played by Stephen Spinella, while his friend Kyle was portrayed by Rafael Casale, whose Las Vegas lifestyle was funded in part by stolen money.
Comedian Maron revealed that he auditioned to play Kyle but ultimately turned it down due to a lack of “queerness”.
“I thought I was auditioning for the role I had,” Maron told guest Ray Romano during the Gala.What is this bullshitPodcast. “I just don’t want to do that. I read the script and said I didn’t want to do that. It was for a friend of Hugh Jackman. He has nothing there.”
Maroun added, “I said, ‘If I’m going to be gay in a movie, [Jackman] He would be a good guy to be gay with, but there didn’t seem to be much to the role other than that. I said, “I’ll wait until I’m gay when there are more perversions.”
Romano played school board president and real estate broker Bob Spicer in the film. He agreed that the role of Kyle “didn’t have a lot of screens”.
Maron replied, “I love that movie. I haven’t heard much about it,” to which Romano revealed, “I think it was originally supposed to be released in theaters.”
The real-life Frank criticized part of his portrayal in the HBO movie, saying, “Coach Mike PodcastIn 2020, there was an incorrect implication that he was trying to hide his sexuality and that he regretted marrying a woman.
“There was a lot of implication, or at least it felt like, that I didn’t have a great marriage or didn’t love her very much, which I did,” Tassoni said at the time. “I almost felt it was disrespectful to her, and I loved her so much.”
The depiction of his sexuality continued, “It bothered me too, because I’m not ashamed of being a gay man, and again, they made it look a little bit sloppy. It bothered me and it bothered me when he questioned the detective.” [husband] Stephen, and hinted that Stephen didn’t even know I was married. This was not the case. And I don’t understand why they had to bring my sexuality into the movie.”