Muscle Beach, a movie about the gay male muscle car enthusiast who rides a motorcycle through the woods of a rural Pennsylvania village, has been making waves online since its debut in April, garnering hundreds of comments and dozens of reviews.
The film, which stars Jason Statham, who plays the lead, is a follow-up to Muscle Beach: a movie that came out in 2006 about the lives of the gay men who race motorcycles in drag and other similar scenes, according to The New York Times.
But that film is set in a rural area, and has been the focus of controversy since its premiere.
The movie’s star, Jason Stavacek, told Rolling Stone magazine that he was disappointed to find out the film’s creators didn’t see him as a part of the film.
He said the makers were not fans of his work and felt that the film had become too gay.
In the film, Stavacesh said, “I had a gay friend who was gay, and I thought, ‘Oh, they have to make the character gay, because they’re gay.’
And they said, ‘We don’t need to make him gay because he’s gay.’
They thought I was making fun of them, because I’m the gay guy.”
Stavacedks’ reaction to the controversy wasn’t all that different from the reactions of many other gay men.
A commenter on the film website, Muscle Beach News, wrote that the producers “have no clue how many gay men have been killed and raped in this country, and are more interested in making a movie where a black dude kills a white guy.”
The site also wrote, “The creators of this film have a long history of lying to their audiences, and this is not the first time this has happened.”
The movie trailer for Muscle Beach states that it follows a young man named Ryan, who “fondles his muscle car,” a reference to Stavaves’ character.
In a tweet, Statham said he was “really disappointed” to learn about the controversy and that he has “nothing against gay people.
It’s just one of those things that happens.
The real problem is that the makers of this movie are not aware of what it means to be gay.”
Statham told Rolling Stones that he is “pretty upset about it.
I think that it’s really sad to see a film that’s about a gay man and not even gay men.”
Staflettes reactions are similar to those of other gay people on Twitter.
“I think that the trailer is really a really gross, gross misrepresentation of what Muscle Beach really is,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another user wrote, “[The film’s producers] just don’t care about the issues, they just want to make money.”
In response to Statham’s comments, another Twitter user said, “[They] are so entitled and ignorant, they are not just homophobic.
They are sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, and racist.
They have a lot of issues to deal with.”
A spokesperson for the film told The Guardian that Muscle Beach will not be showing at theaters this weekend.
“We will be screening at the film festival in St. Louis this weekend,” said spokesperson Jessica Sirota.
“As soon as the film is available, we will make the necessary changes to the trailer to reflect the film in a way that reflects its subject matter.”
The trailer for the new film is currently unavailable on YouTube.