‘Fellow Travelers’ Creator Made Show Hot And Saucy So “Straight Men Will Want It”

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‘Fellow Travelers’ creator Ron Nyswaner revealed he wanted the show to be hot, saucy, and kinky — especially between the two leads Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey — that “straight men will want to have gay sex.”

Nyswaner revealed this in an interview with Gay Times. “I haven’t yet met a straight man who’s said ‘now I want to go out and have gay sex’ but [ . . . ] that was the goal.”

Indeed, ‘Fellow Travelers’ has been making waves in the entertainment industry as the Showtime short historical and political series continuously delivers realistic but still saucy sequences of the leads’ sub-dom dynamic.

“I actually had a screening with some straight friends of mine who love TV and I asked them, ‘So, what about the sex?” My friend Mike said, ‘The first couple of scenes, yes, it’s unusual for me. I felt a little strange. Then, the story takes over and you just care about these guys, you want them to be together, and that’s all you’re thinking about,” Nyswaner shared.

Asked about how he feels when the press and headlines focus on the sex scenes while ignoring other major plot points, Nyswaner said he didn’t mind. “We certainly embrace the sex in the show.” He furthered that he wanted “sex to be powerful in ‘Fellow Travelers’ because I believe it is a really powerful part of the gay experience.”

Nyswaner also talked about how Bomer and Bailey were the right actors for their respective characters. “[Bomer] is our era’s Paul Newman. What Paul Newman can do, what the great film actors can do, is that they can let you know what they’re thinking without saying a word,” he said. “Matt had this ability, which is very important for Hawkins, to be very cold and reserved on the outside, but let us know that things were happening on the inside.”

As for Bailey, he said that he “has the energy and emotional openness that is right for Tim.” When they met him on a Zoom call, they were “immediately captivated.”

‘Fellow Travelers’ currently streams with Showtime on Paramount+.

 

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