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Hanging Ten

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TWO SURF BUDS RIDE THE SWELLS OF SEXUALITY IN SHELTER

When offered the role of brooding graffiti artist Zach, Trevor Wright (pictured left) was worried by the description "gay surfer movie." While the character's dramatic are rested on balancing his awakening sexuality and personal fulfillment against the needs of his deadbeat sister and young nephew, there were plenty of action shots-shirtless action shots. As images of chiseled, oiled gods loomed large in his mind, he had only six days before shooting began to get his abs in shape. "I definitely started a diet and did thousands of sit-ups every night before shooting," he laments. "But I didn't have any time to try!"

Luckily for Wright and costar Brad Rowe (Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss), Shelter was never meant to be a beach blanket boink-o. Instead gay first-time feature director Jonah Markowitz set aside the body oil and rescued his hunky straight actors from the riptides of cliché. "If we were too ripped, people wouldn't be able to pay attention to the story," smirks Rowe. …

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