Harry Styles made his presence felt at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. He was there to promote his upcoming film ‘My Policeman’ which releases in theatres on the 21st of October and on Prime Video on 4th of November.
The star who plays a gay policeman and is in love with Marion, played by Emma Corrin and a museum curator named Patrick played by David Dawson. The movie is directed by Michael Grandage from a script by Ron Nyswaner, based on the novel by Bethan Roberts.
The actors were honoured with a TIFF Tribute Award for performance, which is the first time any ensemble has received such a recognition. Talking about how he got into the character of a closeted policeman Tom, Styles said that we all live in our own bubbles. He said:
“I think he’s very curious. I think he’s someone who is born into a very small world and, if you’re born into that kind of environment, you feel like you know where the edge of the world is. Slowly throughout the story, I think he’s realizing that it is a little further away than Brighton. I think people live entire lives in very small bubbles like that, and if that’s how you’ve been brought up, and everyone around you and generations before you, your parents, etc. have all lived within their kind of small bubble, it’s obviously very difficult to even picture the world outside of that.
So I think when he meets someone like [his lover] Patrick, who is well-traveled and likes art, he finds himself kind of being curious about those things. It’s feeding his curiosity, it’s kind of strange for him to be curious about stuff. And then I think with Marion he also finds ultimately a friend who is the most accepting of him, and I think that’s why, kind of regardless of whichever way you think on their relationship, I think their friendship is incredibly real and loving and tender.”
We all create this illusion thinking that the bubble is the world. It’s what is believed if the same has been going on in your family or tribe for generations. People don’t like busting their bubble as they enjoy it. It is until someone or something changes the situation that a paradigm shift happens.
In the story the paradigm shift happens when Tom meets Patrick who is a free spirited person and has travelled places, experienced art among many other things. Marrion’s support and approach helps Tom burst his own bubble and understand how things are in life.
Styles plays a gay policeman who is in his ’50s and is married to a teacher. Styles also shared his thoughts with Rolling Stone where he said:
“It’s obviously pretty unfathomable now to think, ‘Oh, you couldn’t be gay. That was illegal. I think everyone, including myself, has your own journey with figuring out sexuality and getting more comfortable with it. It’s not like ‘This is a gay story about these guys being gay.’ It’s about love and about wasted time to me.”
A fan recently asked if Styles was gay as he walked by with a female companion, as seen below.
“It’s Harry Styles.”
“Is he gay?”
“I don’t know.” pic.twitter.com/Qj3OoTkWKD
— fern (@LOUISTTHESTYLES) September 12, 2022
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