By: Michael “The Sizzler” Jacobs, Staff Writer
WESTWOOD, CA — We can confirm that several UCLA graduate students have adapted William Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet” love story and have put a brand-new “inclusive” spin on it!
The end result is a gay short film called “Romeo and Julio” — a gay, Latino love story.
In an article published Tuesday by the Daily Bruin, Oscar Emmanuel Fabela (pictured right), creator, co-producer and star of the project discussed his inspiration behind the film, as well as his
hopes for the production.
So far this is what w know about the Romeo and Julio Gay love story:
“Romeo and Julio” tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, Romeo, a white man and Julio, a Latino man.
Fabela, who is gay and Hispanic, said that his own personal experiences helped cultivate some of the concept for “Romeo and Julio.”
“This story, being put through an immigrant, gay lens, still works,” said Fabela. “We can use this over 400-year-old text and change nothing but the pronouns and it’s still relevant.” said Fabela.
Fabela, who plays Julio, added that he was able to draw on his own fears of his Mexican family being banished from America to bolster the realism in his performance. The young producer and actor further stated that he cried real tears in the film: “I lost it, because I know what it’s like to have that fear that one day your family will be just gone.” said Fabela.
Fabela said that “Romeo and Julio” is set in modern times but, like Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” (1996), is spoken in Shakespearean English. “That’s the question of the film,” said Fabela of the concept.
“Why are they not allowed to be together? That’s what I want people to walk away with. It’s pointless hate and marginalization that’s keeping their love apart, but they’re willing to fight through anything to be together. If some little gay Mexican immigrant sees our film and sees that it was co-produced, directed and shot by a Mexican-American woman with the help of a little gay Mexican immigrant, I think we’ve done our job,” concluded Fabela.
Fabela’ Romeo and Julio (2017) Gay short film love Story is set to debut before the end of the year.
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