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'Rock of Ages' Kiss Connects the 80's to the Now

There's always a hint of curiosity that comes with any kissing scene in a movie, especially when there's a same sex lip lock.  In Rock of Ages a kiss between comedian/actor Russell Brand and actor Alec Baldwin sparks more curiosity than TV spots for Brokeback Mountain and has created a bridge between art and modern day conversation. 

In an interview with Baldwin following the premiere party of the musical that takes place in 1986, he explains that there was no specific direction in connecting the film with current day affairs when his character shares a kiss with Brand.  Viewers will either be on board or not and director Adam Shankman (HairsprayA Walk to Remember) can't disagree: “It makes it more relevant and underlines it.” 

In an industry where expression brings in the big bucks it's refreshing to know that happy accidents can transfer from film to reality.  A male love connection on the big screen while political conversation has continuously centered around homosexual legislation is an unexpected development and hopefully viewers will take away more than just a new appreciation for Pat Benatar and multicolored spandex.

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