Free Full Gay Movie: Prayers for Bobby (Russell Mulcahy, 2009) USA


Prayers for Bobby

Directed by Russell Mulcahy
1 hr 30 mins, USA, 2099


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Prayers for Bobby is a televised drama film that premiered on the Lifetime network on January 24, 2009. The film is based on the book of the same name by Leroy F. Aarons, which is itself based on the true story of the life and legacy of Bobby Griffith, a gay teen who killed himself in 1983 due to his mother’s homophobiaRyan Kelley stars as Bobby Griffith and Sigourney Weaver portrays his mother Mary.

Wikipedia

I know Mary Griffith [the mother of the gay son in this movie] passed away earlier this year, but since she was around when the film was made, did you get a chance to talk to her back then? Was she involved?

Yes, the [film] producers had been in touch with her and, frankly, it was a big leap for me to be able to tell her story, honestly, from her point of view, certainly the first half of it. I spent the day with Mary and her family and we sat with her Bible that had all kinds of sentences underlined in green and red that she had printed out for Bobby. I would say that the lines from the Bible that she’d chosen from the Old Testament were full of judgment and terrifying about what would happen if you did any number of things, most certainly being gay.

It was her openness and her frankness about what was going through her mind that allowed me to bring any kind of truth to the part. I felt it was hard to play even at the time. Even though we were actors, we were just playing these people. But what happened, especially because it’s a true story, is just seared into our hearts. Everyone who worked on this movie felt that they were part of a very important project.

I have to say, it’s probably the hardest part I’ve ever played emotionally because it’s so hard to turn your back on someone you love so much. One of the things that broke my heart, at the end of the day, we were looking at pictures of Bobby and Mary said, “You can look at these pictures of Bobby now and I see that this is how God wanted him to be. He wanted him to be gay, that’s who he was.” She said, “I’m grateful that I can see that now.” But it’s something she resisted.

Sigourney Weaver in an interview with TV Insider

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