The OG Adam Carrington of Dynasty, Gordon Thomson, is not happy with the 2017 CW reboot of the soap. In an interview with The Daily Beast, the actor trashed the remake of the 80s oil family drama, calling it “utter s—t.”
“I have had a look at the new Dynasty and I am appalled,” Thomson says in the interview. “What the f—k is the CW doing? It’s utter s—t.”
He continues his criticism, taking aim at original Dynasty creators Richard and Esther Shapiro, who are executive producers on The CW show. “The acting is dreadful, truly dreadful. The writing is appalling. I don’t know what possessed the Shapiros to bother,” he says, before claiming the reboot would not have the approval of original EP Aaron Spelling. “Why call it Dynasty? It’s nothing to do with Dynasty at all. It’s insulting. If the afterlife exists — it doesn’t, but if it did — Aaron would be having major fits in his grave. And the audience the CW is aiming for is going to think it’s s–t because it is such s–t that a cretinous 6-year-old would not be interested. It’s abominable.”
That wasn’t the only major revelation in the interview, as Thomson also took the opportunity to officially come out as gay. “It’s not something I’ve ever announced,” the actor admits. “I’m assuming that people know, and now that I’m my age that’s fine. I don’t go out of my way because it’s my generation, I think. I’m probably as homophobic as any gay man alive because of my background.”
Thomson’s character in the original, Adam, was homophobic as were several plot points and character treatments during the run of the show. Thomson reckoned with being a closeted man and also playing a homophobe, then offered this nuanced take on representation in casting: “I’m an actor, it was my job. Ask [Laurence] Olivier what it was like playing Othello. He’s not black, and I doubt we’ll see many white actors play Othello again, but Adam was a role I played. ‘You don’t have to be one to play one.'”
The executive producers of the Dynasty reboot have promised, however, that the new iteration of the show will correct that homophobia, including openly gay characters whose conflicts won’t be centered around their sexuality.
Dynasty premieres at 9 p.m. ET Oct. 11 on The CW.