‘Captain Jack Will NOT Be Toned Down,’ Says John Barrowman

John Barrowman

John Barroman as Captain Jack

John Barrowman has insisted that the new American production of Torchwood, which sees his character Captain Jack Harkness come over from Wales to save the world, will not be sanitised or toned down when it comes to matters of gay sex.

As we all know, Captain Jack is a very easily aroused bisexual rogue, and this is partly why we love him. The show’s producers know this, and are eager to fend off accusations of sanitising the show for a more sensitive American family audience.

He told Entertainment Weekly: “I knew they would be true to the show and not change it drastically. If it was watered down, I wouldn’t have done it. For those people who are staunch fans, it’s going to have the heart and soul of Torchwood which we’ve always had, plus the energy and excitement of a show that’s bigger and better.”

And as for the idea that Captain Jack would have to tone down his rampant side for a US audience, pshaw! It ain’t happening.

John explained: “He gets to have full-on boy-sex a couple of times [in the series]. On those days going to work I’d wake up and Scott my partner would say, ‘what are you filming today?’ And I’d say, ‘oh, it’s going to be a tough day, I get to have sex with a 24-year old.”

The show’s executive producer, one Russell T Davies, also said that he believes American television to be in a more gay-friendly place right now than the UK: “The portrayal of gay, bisexual and lesbian characters is currently way ahead of Britain. The kids on Glee, the beauty and detail of that couple in Modern Family.

“We’ve got nothing like that. Even a nice Republican sitcom like S** My Dad Says, a show I quite liked, was stacked with intelligent gay-friendly stories, and that’s in a corner where you’d never expect to find them. Of course, it’s all the gay men and women sat on the writing teams pushing their stories forward, and I think that’s wonderful.”

Just in case you’ve forgotten it already, here’s that trailer for Torchwood: Miracle Day again.

Is American TV more gay-friendly than British TV? Tell us here.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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