This morning, In Plain Sight producer John Strauss held auditions for a pivotal role in his new film: the role of a homeless guy who is going on a date.
Before the audition Howard talked to both thespians about their craft. Eric revealed that the reason he refuses to play a gay character is because his preparation is referred to as "Method Acting" which means that in order to play a gay guy, he'd have to actually live his life as a gay guy. Jeff is a student of the Stella Adler system and is comfortable taking a gay role.
Howard read the scene with Jeff first. John liked it, but said he could do with a few less pauses. Speaking of pauses, Eric read next and gave what Howard called an "even performance" but there was no spark.
It was time to make a decision. Howard wanted everyone to keep in mind that there is a visual element as well - Jeff has that hilarious lifeless arm that can flap in the breeze, but Eric has the whole package: turkey body, bad dye job, club f*cking feet and a permanently startled expression. Be that as it may, the entire crew, as well as John Strauss, felt Jeff was the more natural actor and the part was his.
The Midget hit the ceiling. He claimed the audition was fixed. He claimed we fixed everything he's been involved with (and fails in) on the show - the IQ test, the phony phone calls, all of it. While there is certainly someone or something that has rigged life against Eric, it isn't Howard.
Rejection is part of the game.
Even though Jeff won the role, Howard felt bad for Eric. So he offered him a second role, that of a gay juicery owner, but Eric flatly refused. He will never ever play a gay character.*
*Except for the time he did. John Strauss revealed for the first time ever that, though you might not know it from the episode, the landlord character Eric played on In Plain Sight was a big homosexual top who loved loved loved c*ck and man ass. That's how John envisioned the character when he created it and Eric did a wonderful job bringing that character to life. Eric adamantly refuses to believe this is true, pointing out that his character had a wife on the show.