Jim Parsons And Ben Aldridge Reflect On The Real-Life Love Story Behind ‘Spoiler Alert’

After showing within the seminal queer dramas “The Normal Heart” and “The Boys in the Band,” Jim Parsons was wanting to play a personality who wasn’t “suffering at the hands of his homosexuality.”

The “Big Bang Theory” star discovered the position he was on the lookout for in “Spoiler Alert,” the film adaptation of Michael Ausiello’s 2017 memoir. The romantic drama opened in choose cities Friday forward of a nationwide launch subsequent week.

“I’m playing a guy who — in the thrust of love, excitement and romance — is on an incredible journey he can’t believe he’s there for, and then, with tragedy, is again on an incredible journey,” Parsons informed HuffPost. “It’s a deep-dive journey that these two souls go on together. I felt very hungry to get the chance to portray that as best I could.”

Watch the trailer for “Spoiler Alert” above.

Jim Parsons (left) and Ben Aldridge in “Spoiler Alert.”

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Directed by Michael Showalter, “Spoiler Alert” follows Ausiello (performed by Parsons), an endearingly nerdy journalist who falls for an aspiring photographer, Package Cowan (Ben Aldridge), after a dance flooring meet-cute. Earlier than lengthy, the 2 males reside collectively and internet hosting dinner events of their stylish New York condo. Their 13-year relationship is unfortunately examined, nevertheless, when Cowan is recognized with a uncommon type of neuroendocrine most cancers.

The real-life Cowan died in 2015 at age 43, and as a love story, “Spoiler Alert” is before everything a tearjerker. Nonetheless, the film gives loads of humor and coronary heart, most notably in scenes that recall the early days of Ausiello and Cowan’s romance. It additionally boasts a stellar supporting solid, together with Sally Area and Invoice Irwin as Cowan’s mother and father, Bob and Marilyn.

Ausiello, who’s the founder and editorial director of the leisure outlet TVLine, started writing “Spoiler Alert” on the suggestion of an editor on the Simon & Schuster e-book publishing firm who had taken observe of his Fb statuses all through Cowan’s sickness.

Writer Michael Ausiello (left) with Parsons and Aldridge.
Author Michael Ausiello (left) with Parsons and Aldridge.

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Every week after the e-book was revealed in 2017, Parsons and his husband, Todd Spiewak, approached him at a Q&A in San Francisco to inform him they wished to adapt the e-book as a film.

When it got here to translating his story, the author had only one stipulation for screenwriters David Marshall Grant and Dan Savage.

“I didn’t want the movie to portray Kit as a victim,” Ausiello, additionally an govt producer on the movie, mentioned. “He wasn’t a victim, he didn’t see himself as a victim and never acted like a victim. I also wanted to depict the fact that his parents showed up for their son when he got sick. They didn’t shy away from the hard stuff. They were there for their son.”

In line with Ausiello’s recommendation, Aldridge performs up Package’s debonair attraction whilst his physique succumbs to most cancers. The actor, whose credit embrace “Fleabag” and “Pennyworth,” described the expertise as “very life-affirming and exhilarating.”

“It’s important to risk rejection and risk heartbreak to live your fullest life,” said Parsons (right, with co-star Sally Field).
“It’s important to risk rejection and risk heartbreak to live your fullest life,” mentioned Parsons (proper, with co-star Sally Area).

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Although “Spoiler Alert” isn’t an overtly political movie, its stars are acutely aware of the truth that it’s being launched at a difficult time for the queer neighborhood. The Supreme Court docket’s ultraconservative rulings on abortion and gun management as of late have sparked justifiable issues amongst many Individuals that LGBTQ rights, together with same-sex marriage, might quickly be rolled again on the federal degree.

“If it changed minds, that would be incredible — I couldn’t ask for more,” Aldridge mentioned. “But we just saw a chance to tell a story that felt real to us. Love is love, and this film is real proof of that.”

As for Parsons, his largest takeaway from “Spoiler Alert” is private.

“As we were filming, I realized that one of the most painful things in my life is something I do to myself, which is not telling other people when I love them or when I care about them for fear of rejection or for fear of looking sentimental or caring more than might be cool,” he mentioned. “It’s important to risk rejection and risk heartbreak to live your fullest life.”