Were you the gay boy at school who was bullied for being more colourful than others? Or the in-denial stud bullying those flamboyant boys?
Actor Brett Chukerman plays Levi, that stereotypical jock, in The Curiosity of Chance, but unlike previous gay-themed films this one has a twist.
The film is a current spin on the John Hughes films of the 1980s. Chance is an out teenager struggling through an international school by being as eccentric as possible, Chukerman told Sydney Star Observer.
Of course, this makes him the victim of taunting from school bullies and leads to an awkward and strained relationship with his father. He befriends the social outcasts -“ along with the help of the popular jock with a heart of gold.
This film shows that there is something good to be gained from those hard times. Those still in high school and those trying to forget it all will have fun with this film, finding a way to laugh at their own misfortunes and struggles.
The Curiosity of Chance has been lauded for the way it captures on film how individuality beats conformity every time and people should embrace their own personality and follow their heart.
Every archetype seems present in this movie so I think everyone will find a character to relate to, Chukerman said.
What’s great about this film is that most of the stereotyped characters find themselves forced out of their comfort zone and end up going against the mould in the end. I think this is what is different about Chance and what makes the audience root for each one of them -¦ well, except the bully. He gets what’s coming to him, I make sure of that.
Written and directed by Russell P. Marleau, The Curiosity of Chance won Best of the Fest at the 2007 Palm Springs International Film Festival. The picture was filmed in various cities in Belgium and Chukerman lived in Antwerp for five weeks rehearsing and shooting.
I was very excited to play this role because he was a sort of hero most of us didn’t know or see in high school. Levi is popular and talented, has no real reason to step out of the mould he fits into so easily, Chukerman said.
Yet there is more inside him and his artistic nature and general good heart make it possible for him to see past what is easy or obvious and demand more from himself and those around him.
Levi seems to break the stereotype of the popular jock from the moment you meet him, and it was fun to explore that kind of character.
Chukerman said the diversity of characters in the film and its well-written subject matter were its great strengths.
There’s a little something for everyone. It’s a really fun film, which also has a rocking soundtrack and some pretty cool performances, he said.
Drag shows, stripteases, rock concerts -¦ just go see it, you’ll have a blast.
The Curiosity of Chance is available on DVD now. For more, go to www.thecuriosityofchance.com.