Joel Kim Boosterwho plays Noah in the film, was reading the acclaimed novel by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudicewhile riding the ferry on his first trip to the queer paradise he found himself in Fire Island (New York, 2016). Among Booster’s team, there was his friend Bowen-Yangwho in the future would become the revelation artist of the last seasons of Saturday night Live.
A recurring joke between Booster and Yang was that they would eventually make the “Gay Pride and Prejudice” of the cinema Anyway, this cute running gag was nothing more than that until that acid-filled night on the island, where both stars and their friends were finishing their vacation, which the joke found viability.
“I know it sounds so stupid: ‘You took acid on Fire Island and it changed your conception of yourself,'” Booster tells EW. “But really moved the needle towards my self-acceptance in a huge wayThe film, whose concept was previously made into a comic book, resulted in this production which Booster himself wrote, produced and starred in for Fox Searchlight Pictures. “Blame LSD or whatever, but what really struck me about the story,” continues Booster, “was the idea of the chosen family and specifically my friendship with Bowen and the connection we have as gay Asian men. in a space that is perhaps not made for us and what it means to overcome that. That was really powerful for me.”
In Fire IslandBooster plays Noah (the character in the style of elizabeth bennettthe heroine of Pride and Prejudice) who addresses Fire Island with his “little improvised family” performed by Bowen Yang, Margaret Cho, Matt Rogers, Tomas Matos, and Torian Miller. Among the cast is also james scullyfrom the second season of Youwho will play an attractive doctor.
“Fire Island is oppressively white and inherently classy,” recalls Booster of his own initial impressions of going on vacation to the destination. That scene in the trailer when a white man suggests that Noah and Howie’s friends are in the wrong place when they arrive for a party is really a real delusion.” Booster says that he has personally passed through the island at least three times, where despite that toxicity, he came to feel something deep.
“I remember it was a real struggle to come up with the money to be able to pay for those first few years,” he says, “but once we got there, it was like a part of me unlocked. I couldn’t realize how much weight I was carrying by existing. in mostly heterosexual spaces”.
The film presents an all-LGBTQ main castand most of the team behind the film is also considered a member of the community, including the director Andrew Ahn (Spa Night, Driveways) and the star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Peppermint, who makes a cameo appearance in the film. Booster feels that this means a breakthrough, and that he has now been spoiled by all other projects in the future.
“My first big release and I did it with my best friends in the world, in one of my favorite places in the world,” he says. “I just don’t know if there will ever be an experience like this for me in the rest of my career. I can wait, but I highly doubt it.”
Fire Island will premiere in Hulu on June 3, and will also do so on the same date through Star Plus and Disney Plus for Latin America and Europe, respectively.
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