In episode 101, when Michael starts to watch «Schindler’s
Fist», the K7 Emmett just gave him to calm down, Dan Lipman’s
voice can be heard as the soldier of the film.
The scene of episode 101 where Michael rushes out
to chase away the young taggers had to be shot in two parts,
due to too much traffic. Hal’s close-up were filmed six weeks
later, in the Studio’s parking lot. It was October, and Hal
was freezing in his "Babylon" wife-beater.
While writing the script of episode 102, the protagonists
thought their audience would mainly be people from the gay community.
However they also considered the effect on the female audience.
During the sales pitch for "Old Pitt" beer, Brian
asks the two women present their opinion about the "little
too gay" model, and the female client replies : "I
wouldn't care, I’d go to bed with him anyway".
In episode 106, Lindsay comes to see Brian at the
loft to convince him to go to the Gay and Lesbian Center exhibition.
Brian serves her his "special Brian-esque" breakfast
on the kitchen counter.
Thea Gill had great talent to remain concentrated
on her role. Gale Harold, high spirits that day, didn’t stop
fooling around in the reverse shot.
At the end of episode 106, Brian lies down, looking
at his portrait drawn by Justin, while a boy fondles him under
the sheet. In reality, the only ones looking at the portrait
were the cameramen. To make the effect realistic, one technician
had crept under the sheet to make it move.
At the party David Cameron organizes at his
place in senator Baxter‘s honor, the group arrives with a particularly
trashy look. Gale Harold, who requires regularly that his jeans
be taken in so that they are as tight as possible, has this
time asked for them to be sewn right on him!
designer Patrick Antosh says: «These pants were made to measure
for Gale Harold - not one inch of extra fabric... He can't wear
underwear in them, they're that tight. » As in the sex scenes,
he used the famous "cock sock", a rubber bag that
he had designed for Christian Bale (in "American Psycho"),
who didn’t want to be filmed entirely naked. Of course, this
process had been often used for Queer As Folk.
In episode 118, Blake reappears at Babylon
and he is completely stoned.
To capture the sensation of dizziness he feels, the
scene was shot with a camera fixed around his waist.
The same process was used for the hospital
scene, after he awakes from a coma, with Ted next to him.
In episode 211, David calls Michael from Portland
and they have phone sex. For the scene to be as authentic as
possible, Hal Sparks simulates masturbation, under the sheet,
with a small robot toy.
The day of the « Flannel party » shooting, the
whole team dressed in flannel shirts, including the producers,
Dan Lipman, Ron Cowen and Sheila Hockin.
So, it was hard to tell the cast
from the crew.
It is a scoop! At the end of episode 122,
it isn’t Chris Hobbs who bashes Justin with a base ball bat,
Michael! (We knew that he didn’t like
him much, but not as much as that!...) The scene was shot separately,
outside the garage. It was the final take of season 1, and Alec
McClure (Chris) had already left Toronto.
Paul Aldous was selected as Gale Harold’s stand-in,
because of his similar build.
Michael DeCarlo took a chance of this resemblance for the final
scene of episode 210, where we see Brian moving away, back view,
with a trick he picked up at Babylon, meanwhile Justin looks
Brian’s nephew, John, is the typical unbearable
kid, with a face you just want to slap. In Episode 304, he even
accuses his uncle, of molesting him.
yet, in real life, the young actor Gage Knox is adorable - Which
proves he already has great talent!
In episode 304, the cameo cast suffered from memory
loss! Several takes were necessary to wrap the scene of the
candidates’ presentation (Melanie‘s dream) because the actor
could not remember Ben Bruckner‘s name.
on, the actor playing the police officer who arrests Brian insisted
on calling him "Mr. Handley". Was it because they were
In episode 306, a fan congratulates Ethan at the
end of his concert. The place is sumptuous and crowded. They
whisper in each other ear.
fact, the scene was shot in a sordid and deserted corridor.
The viewer’s imagination does the rest.
In episode 308, the scene at the agency between
Brian and Justin, where Justin says he regrets their break-up,
was at first envisaged against a wall. The decors not being
always very solid, Bruce McDonald finally preferred to shoot
the scene in the middle of the office. You can easily understand
amusing thing is that Randy Harrison, after having pushed Gale
Harold, realizes that the partition is broken and says "oops!".
Then Gale retorts : "Never mind, I’ll fix it tomorrow",
and Randy continues as if everything was alright, and gives
Gale a kiss.
In episode 308, Lindsay, who’s in charge of the
gallery, calls Emmett to ask him to organize the inauguration
party. On screen, they seem to be in the same room, one behind
the other... because in fact, they were in the same room to
shoot the scene.
Anecdote 17 :
In episode 309, Brian
and Jim Stockwell look like they are enjoying their steam bath.
it was freezing cold that day (you can see how well wrapped
up the make up woman is in the picture) and they soaked the
entire day, awaiting the adjustment of the cameras, which was
complicated because of incontrollable steam.
It seems hard to believe now, but Peter Paige was
initially chosen to play Ted’s part. He auditioned and was pre-selected.
Before the final selection, he started to have doubts and asked
to try out for Emmett‘s part, but it was not possible
anymore, because the casting director, Linda Lowy, had already
made her choice. Peter learned the part in secret and, in front
of Dan Lipman and Ron Cowen, played the two characters. The
producers didn’t hesitate for a moment.
If Peter Paige
had got Ted’s part, we would probably have seen him on screen
with the look he has in episode 307.
Don’t panic, it is not Kegan Hoover being shaken
about by the props man who has him by the foot!
very very young actor has his own stand-in, too...
The comic book Rage was actually drawn by Jon Kent.
He created a real album, even if we can’t see the details in
his drawings, the characters have... safe sex !