A Single Man and Gay Arm Candy Throughout Cinema History


From Bond girls to beach-blanket babes, pretty young actresses have a long history getting roles in which their lines were less important than their looks. But as the aughts draw to a close, we can now recognize another entrenched phenomenon, in both mainstream and indie film: gay male characters as proof of another gay character's good luck or sexual prowess — easy-on-the-eyes fantasy material for gay male, and straight female, viewers. Today, in honor of Tom Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man — in which the handsome Matthew Goode appears only briefly beside Colin Firth — we look back at the (surprisingly long) history of this now-familiar supporting-character type: the gay arm candy.