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Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina Say Their ‘Birds of Prey’ Villains Are Probably Gay

Variety — Marc Malkin

Rosie Perez isn’t the only actor playing a gay character in “Birds of Prey.”

At Thursday night’s opening of the “Birds of Prey” Harlywood exhibit in Hollywood, Variety asked co-stars Ewan McGregor and Chris Messina if the internet chatter surrounding the sexuality of their characters — villains Roman Sionis (aka Black Mask) and Victor Zsasz — is true. Are they gay?

“It’s very complicated,” McGregor said. “Their relationship is very much based…there’s a want and a need in there for sure.”

Messina added, “There’s like a real love of anarchy.”

McGregor then interjected and said, “More than likely, yes.” Both actors laughed.

Before the interview began, Messina planted a kiss on McGregor’s cheek.

While Sionis and Zsasz’s relationship remains somewhat ambiguous, Perez’s character, police officer Renee Montoya, is definitely gay in “Birds of Prey.” Ali Wong (“Always Be My Maybe”) plays her ex-girlfriend.

Meanwhile, McGregor and Messina said they can’t wait for people to finally see the film. “It was incredibly bonkers to shoot,” McGregor said. “Every take was like a new experience.”

Directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson, the film stars Margot Robbie, reprising her role of Harley Quinn from 2016’s “Suicide Squad.” The cast also includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Ella Jay Basco.

Set for release on Feb. 7, “Birds of Prey” is also one of a growing number of superhero movies to deliberately push for an R rating.

“It’s a bit nasty,” McGregor said.

“I think you can’t do a Harley movie and not make it rated R,” Messina added.

Harleywood, located at the Hollywood & Highland complex, is a three-day activation featuring an exhibit of costumes and props from the movie. The Thursday night event included a laser light show as well as fireworks.

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