Man of the Year (1995)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama, Gay & Lesbian Films  |   Release Date - Mar 1, 1996 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This film is a unique combination of documentary, drama and comedy, and uses real people as well as professional actors to chronicle the experiences of Dirk Shafer who in 1992, was voted Playgirl magazine's man of the year. For the athletic, blond and extremely photogenic Shafer this fame was a double-edged sword. On one hand, he really needed the money; on the other, he had just come out of the closet. Still he went for the gusto and spent much of the year touring about and getting interviewed on talk shows. Only a few close friends and family members knew that he was a homosexual; to everyone else he was the epitome of heterosexual masculinity. This naturally, created problems with Mike, the man Shafer wanted to get involved with. Included are filmclips from actual talk-show appearances, and interviews with family and friends, not all of whom were tickled to discover that he was gay.



fame, homosexual, lover, magazine, masculinity, family, talk-show