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Billy Eichner To Play Paul Lynde In ‘Man In The Box’, About Gifted Actor Stigmatized For Being Gay: Why Eichner Feels Things Haven’t Changed, Gay Actors Still Excluded From Straight Roles & Even Playing Gay Icons

Billy Eichner To Play Paul Lynde In ‘Man In The Box’, About Gifted Actor Stigmatized For Being Gay: Why Eichner Feels Things Haven’t Changed, Gay Actors Still Excluded From Straight Roles & Even Playing Gay Icons

Exclusive: Actor-comedian Billy Eichner and producer Tom McNulty are developing Man in the Box, a biopic based on the life of groundbreaking TV icon Paul Lynde. Eichner plans to star. They’ve optioned a script by Edwin Cannistraci, and Eichner and McNulty are currently meeting with creatives to round out the rest of the production team.

After his breakout turn in Bye Bye Birdie, Lynde became a big TV star with his guest turns as Uncle Arthur on Bewitched, and in his role on the long-running game show Hollywood Squares. While Lynde was never publicly “out,” he never lied about his sexuality either, as most famous gay actors of that era did. His unique comic persona often and overtly nodded to his “barely-closeted” lifestyle in a way that still feels groundbreaking for his time. But he was not on the same lists for roles as straight actors. One of the

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