I was so Carrie Prejean-ed out last week that I neglected to note the sad passing of Dom DeLuise, the portly and gifted comic actor who elevated such films as Cannonball Run, Smoky and the Bandit II, and Fatso, along with a whole bunch of those boozy Dean Martin roasts of people who obviously planned to die while screaming with laughter in closeup.
Dom was a campy riot who stole Haunted Honeymoon in full drag, and even in men’s clothes he rang more gaydar bells than a boy bander with a plus-sized girlfriend. “But Dom was married with children!” you exclaim, fuming. Yeah, and so were…I don’t know, a lot of people. That doesn’t always mean all that much. Sometimes they’re gay but just wanted to find some refuge in that kind of family. Sometimes they’re bi. Sometimes they’re deeply closeted.
But to me, Dom DeLuise always screamed gay gay gay! Anyone else?