This just in: Lucas Grabeel on being asked "is Ryan gay?" at the London premiere:
When asked point blank about it, Lucas said at the London premiere that Ryan is a character "for whom you are meant to fill in the blanks," that the producers had asked him to make Ryan even more "flamboyant" for the sequel, and that since "there are all kinds of kids out there, hopefully some of those kids can identify with [Ryan]."
I think that's Disney for "yes, but we'll never admit it in as many words".
I am yet to see High School Musical 2, but I am glad to hear that it's basically Sharpay's film. Ashley Tisdale's debut(?) single is excellent too, it's better than the watered down horse shit Vanessa Hudgens did. And she's looking fab in the video too (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sTHw7HEfHo).
I spent early New Years Eve forcing Mr Schmindie, my sister and my brother into watching HSM1. My sister has since moved to America, my brother barely speaks and my boyfriend plain refuses to watch HSM2. Lowculture, you're my only outlet!
I realise I'm seriously late in the day for jumping onto this bandwagon but I watched HSM1 for the first time last night.
Good god it was fabulous. At times I couldn't believe some of it was real. The song about the Status Quo was easily the best - although I'm sure all the 'secrets' we had in high school were a lot more racy than 'I play the cello'. Zeke the baking kid was my favourite - I like how he attempted to solve all problems through baked goods.
Sharpay and Ryan were a million times better than Troy and rubbish Gabrielle and their poor emoting. I wanted Sharpay to rip her stupid smug face off at the end rather than say she'd be understudy.
In conclusion: I felt it was an accurate portrayal of teenage high school life, very similar to my own experiences. I cannot wait to see HSM2.
Carriesparkle and I watched this last night. I did love the gay-baseball-duet, and the unsubtle bumming subtext between all the male leads (implied slags). And Sharpay's pink mesh tail.
The songs were shite though, and the less said about Troy's scenes with his freakishly massive Dad (which teetered on the brink of twink-daddy porn from the off) the better. And why are hats shorthand for gaeity/lesbianism/baseballingbicuriosity? Is that why boys don't like me? Because I never wear hats? And why did I have to sit through 10 minutes of an overmade up Brummy foetus warbling through a badly produced version of the worst song in the film before it would even start?
Despite all that by the end I was quite enjoying it, which means I'm probably gayer than I thought.
if you don't like the show, change the channel you bitch!
I was very skeptical indeed about HSM, and still haven't seen the first one. The idea of all that happiness in one go made me feel a bit ill.
But I watched it the other day on TV and it was just wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. But I do agree that I kept thinking of those nasty naked online pics of G. But she did annoy me lots and lots so I didn't mind so much.