British viewers, already familiar with the long-running drama/comedy Shameless, may not know of the American remake of the award-winning series. Just returned for its second series there, gay teen Ian, played by 19 year-old Cameron Monaghan (pictured) finds his tryst with his boyfriend suddenly interrupted.
Actor Monaghan has remarked that he was drawn to the role because "It’s one of those really intricate, multilayered characters, with all this inner struggle going on." He sees Ian as different from other contemporaneous gay teenage characters on American television because he does not conform to any gay stereotypes and because of the character's blend of positive traits. "He’s smart and he’s tough and he's brave and he’s really caring and responsible. And I think that’s not always shown in one character."
Monaghan's portrayal, first screened in 2011, has been praised for providing "one of the more nuanced depictions of a gay teenager to be seen on US TV." It's a performance of many more dimensions than the more stereotypical delivery of Glee's Kurt Hummell.
Take a look at the clip below and, if you're in the USA, prepare to tune in. Shameless in the UK will end after its 11th series in 2013 with a 14 episode run.
Lustralboy says: Why not bring the American version to the UK? It's nearly ten years since the British series began, enough time, surely, for the remake to be sufficiently differentiated in time and place.
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