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Divergent Star Theo James Is Ready For A Gay Action Hero

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03/23/2014 5:00 pm
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Divergent Star Theo James Is Ready For A Gay Action Hero
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Kay Ziegler

Staff Writer @Kay__Drew

Action adventure films have evolved greatly through the decades. For much of movie history, the heroes have been men, and stories have involved them vanquishing villains and saving damsels in distress. However, in the last few years there has been a dramatic shift in storytelling. Many films include a female hero who saves the day. The Harry Potter movies had several strong women (Molly Weasley, Tonks, and Hermione granger to name a few) who helped defeat evil. Katniss of The Hunger Games trilogy not only helps overthrow the government,but also saves the main guy of the film. Many Disney princesses have filled the hero role - Mulan, Merida, Ana and Elsa Now, the newest heroine to join the ranks is Tris from Divergent. Theo James, who stars in Divergent, applauds the steps moviemakers are taking to have women in leading roles. However, he cautions that more ought to be done. There should be less macho man characters and even more feminine heroes. James also wants and hopes for more LBGT characters in films. "We're in a world where masculinity, especially with these big spectacle movies, is often pushed by rippling six packs and forcing an image down someone's throat trying to prove masculinity," the actor explained. "Whereas I think true masculinity comes from having a strong sense of self." His character, Four, in 'Divergent' embodies his ideal. He's strong and infatuated by Tris, but respectful of her strong will. The Downton Abbey star is cautiously hopeful about the role of LBGT characters. "It's very hard to tell," he continued, "I remember when Queer as Folk came out and thinking, 'Things are changing. ...And then suddenly there was a drought. Hopefully the day [we have a gay action hero] isn't far away."

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