I read the most wonderful interview with Glee‘s Max Adler (read the interview), who plays the bully David Karofsky – He Who Performed The Kiss That Broke The Glee Fandom And Launched A Thousand Ship Wars. The whole time I was reading that interview, I was literally grinning from ear to ear. Not just because there Adler is confirming that there is a good chance of him/Karofsky singing in the show and that there is a possibility that the new unreleased Lady Gaga song, Born This Way, will be used in relation to Karofsky. But also because he comes across as very charming and smart and funny and just plain lovely.
Now, when the “Kurtofsky” kiss happened in the show, I admit I was torn apart. I couldn’t deal with the fact that there was a possibility that Kurt might end up getting his bully as his boyfriend in the long run, especially after seeing how Darren Criss‘ Blaine seems like he’s a little too good to be true and there’s just no way Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk were going to make it easy for Kurt. But then I joined some communities, interacted with Kurtofsky fans, read fics, watched fanvids and fanmixes, read interviews by the cast and the creators until I literally had my opinion on this pairing turned upside down and I became a believer and supporter of it. Out of everything, it was Max Adler in particular that converted me into becoming a Karofsky fan.
Let’s get this point clear: Max Adler is not Dave Karofsky.
He is, in real life, a lot more superb human being than Dave Karofsky is. Adler is – as the interview article prefaced – a very polite and charming man. You only have to watch his interview (Youtube it! Seriously, there are so many awesome Adler videos out there) to know that there is not an ounce of the bully in the actor. Even at first glance, you can tell how different he is from Karofsky, simply from the fact that Adler never fails to smile in front of the camera, whereas Karofsky is never seen without his frown on the show. He’s the kind of man that makes you think, “This guy plays a bully? And pulls it off? Seriously? HOW?! He looks so nice.”
Not only that, in the episode where Karofsky threatened to kill Kurt if he ever told anyone about the kiss, you could see the character’s utter desperation at his situation. The same desperation that stole over his expression right after the kiss, when he leaned in for another one and Kurt pushed him away. And Adler played those scenes well. Brilliantly, even. In such brief moments, he was able to create memorable intensity in the scenes that are imprinted on the memory of every Glee fan and viewer for a long, long time. That is, let me tell you, not something every actor can achieve. Bad actors – movie stars without an ounce of acting skill in their bodies – can’t do that. Good actors can. And as far as I’m concerned, Adler is a good actor.
So that’s why I started supporting Karofsky. The actor makes me wish for more, bigger and better storyline for Karofsky in the show, so that in the future Adler can reap the benefits of playing this intriguing, complex character, because he clearly deserves a very bright future in the industry.
And why not? He’s certainly prepared to do it, to show another side of his character that is currently still buried under that letterman jacket of William McKinley High.
What are you drawing off of to play the part?
[As] far as [what I’m] drawing on, all these messages I’m getting and people that tell me their life stories, I’m learning a lot from them. And watching guys like Gareth [Thomas], you know, the rugby player who just came out and listening to him talk, and listening to Portia de Rossi talk and Ricky Martin. I just watch real life people, that literally said they prayed to God that they would be straight and the last thing that they wanted was to be gay, and I feel like that’s actually what Karofsky is going through. It’s the last thing that he wants, but it’s there so I kind of draw on real situations.
The “name-dropping” shows that he’s been doing his research. He’s also definitely aware of what actually goes on – the conflicts, the issues, the obstacles – in the lives of people who are either Karofsky, resemble him or know him in real life. Let’s not forget he’s straight and has a stunningly gorgeous girlfriend; any straight actor who is willing to go the extra mile to play a character that bats for the other team and plays it well gets an A+ in my book.
I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority about this, though. The whole world is still pretty much squealing over how hot and talented and amazing Darren Criss is. I admit that Criss is all that and more, but I quickly lost interest in him. Yes, he’s got a great voice and yes, he’s rather exotically sexy, but the more I watch him in interviews and see him in photos, the less excited I become. I just don’t think Criss has the possibility to surprise me anymore. Perhaps if he did another A Very Potter Musical-like parody, I would regain interest. For now, though, I’m quite done with him.
The same goes for Overstreet. At the beginning of Season 2, everyone talked about him. But then he came on to the show and proved how blandly boring cute guys with a typical boyband voice and blonde hair are. Now, he hardly ever features in any of the topic that matters about Glee (“Sam & Quinn are going to break up!” I yawned at that. “The new Lady Gaga song will involve Max, Darren and Chris!” I happy danced from the kitchen to my room and back.) So, I’m quite done with him too… not that I ever began to fangirl over him.
I’m not quite done, however, with Adler. I feel like this man has a lot more potentials that we haven’t discovered yet. From now on, he can only get better with his performances. And yes, Ryan Murphy & Co., please give Adler a chance to sing – this guy likes Sinatra and Bublé and thinks that crooner-type songs suit him – so that we may have the complete and undeniable proof of how wonderfully talented he is.
(Besides, can you really imagine in your head a guy who looks like Dave Karofsky singing Sinatra, albeit in the shower at the boys’ locker room? I certainly can’t. That’s why, I really want the singing to happen; just so my mind will be put to rest.)
I am not going to prolong this… sickeningly gushing entry of the virtues of Max Adler as an actor. I just want to wish him the best of luck (and another Happy Birthday greeting, as he celebrated his 25th earlier this Monday) for the future. Adler wants longevity in his showbiz career; if he is given the chance, does well in it and stay true to himself, I’m pretty sure he will be around for a good long while. Congratulations, Mr. Adler. I can’t wait to see more of you.