other big movie event was the SXSW festival in Austin, TX, which premiered a number of buzzy titles we’re sure to be talking about all year long.(For the record, this year’s Best Picture winner Everything Everywhere All At Once?
Yup, it premiered at SXSW in 2022!)Among our most anticipated was Down Low, a dark comedy with one hell of a logline: “A deeply repressed man, the uninhibited young man that gives him a happy ending, and all the lives they ruin along the way.” Say no more—we’re sold!But it gets even better: The film co-stars and was co-written by hunk du jour Lukas Gage, solidifying a major moment for this young star on the rise. (And, yes, his rumored boyfriend Chris Appleton was at the premiere to support!)“I’m a pretty open book about most things in my life.”Gage wrote the movie alongside pal Phoebe Fisher, who have said they were inspired by a viewing of Pretty Woman, deciding then and there that they wanted to see a version of the Julia Roberts classic that was queer and “a little bit more insane.”Thus, Down Low was born, directed by queer filmmaker Rightor Doyle (Netflix‘s Bonding).Gage stars as Cameron, the aforementioned “uninhibited young man,” who is hired by the wealthy, closeted Gary—played by Zachary Quinto—for a full body massage.
And we do mean full. But it sounds like nothing goes as planned, and the two make a mess of things, escalating with one bad decision after the other.Making things even more exciting is a supporting cast that includes Broadway legend Audra McDonald, prolific character actress Judith Light, and adult film star-turned actor Simon Rex.
Sign us up!Talking to Variety ahead of the film’s premiere, Quinto said he was drawn to the story because of its “unabashed” gayness. “It.