'Wedding Wars' Gives Hot-Button Topic a Light Touch
Now the duo may raise eyebrows even higher with "Wedding Wars," a witty and nonthreatening
The TV movie, which premieres Monday, Dec. 11, on A&E Network, stars
Since Ben is marrying the governor's daughter, Maggie (
"In a strange way, this is probably the most controversial movie we've ever made, because you don't get hit over the head," Meron says. "It's subversive because it charms you into loving the idea of gay marriage."
Stamos, a longtime friend and business associate of Zadan and Meron, says he is pleased with the tone of "Wedding Wars," although he knows all too well that gay marriage is a polarizing topic for many Americans.
"I don't know if I would have tackled a subject that is this heavy without their deft hand," the actor says. "I was attracted to the material, which I thought was a great way to approach this hot-button issue, in a lighter, less preachy way. I'm not
"I never approached this guy mainly as a 'gay' character. I approached him as someone who was in love and who was fighting for what he believed in. The fact that he was fighting for a 'gay' issue and that he was in love with a man actually was not something I thought about that much. I approached him more as a child who was upset because his brother was getting something that he didn't get, so he acted out by going on strike."
No matter how a viewer feels about gay marriage, he or she may be surprised at how evenhanded the movie is in depicting several different points of view, Zadan says.
"We didn't want to create a stereotypical conservative governor whom you hate and think of as a villain," he says. "The way the role is written, and by casting Jim Brolin -- who is really lovable and charismatic and sympathetic -- you realize this man is not evil, he's just a guy who wants to win the election and be governor again. We wanted everyone to be on even footing in the movie.
"There is a topic that doesn't seem to be discussed much in this battle over gay marriage: What about the gay people who don't really want gay marriage and who never really have thought about it? Ted, Sean's character, actually says, 'One of the reasons that I like being gay is that I've never had to think about marriage.' That's an interesting character to throw into the mix."