Benjathikoon a model plays Pia, a cabaret "showgirl".
appearance defies a male honorific. He is slim, long-haired, fair-skinned,
has had breast augmentation and works in a cabaret show. He plays
a feminine to the extreme, when playing volleyball the thing he
is concerned with is breaking a fingernail.
He looks every inch a she- in fact, more feminine than many women
does. Yet, he is a Mr.
"I knew about the real Satree Lex. I also watched when they were
interviewed on the Joh Jai TV programme. I was very impressed. I
knew exactly what they had to go through to become a champion,"
said Mr Gokgorn. He thinks itıs a good idea to have real men playing
as katoeys. "Itıs a good thing", he says, "as it may help them understand
the difficulties of gay society by playing the characters."
is the only gay man who plays one of the leading roles in the movie.
At first, he was worried about doing the part as most of the gay
roles in movies are derogatory. He said , "The diverse personalities
in the team should help clear unhealthy stereotypes some people
have of gay people and katoeys. It will help people, who may have
seen only one side of gay people, understand them better."
worked in an advertising company before. Since most people can't
tell my gender from my appearance, they do not think I am different.
Those who know do not show any negative reaction. If anything, they
seem to admire me more, I no longer feel discriminated against.
s Mr Kokkorn said.
Mr Gokgorn, represents Pia very successfully, he said the movie
is a first in attempting to portray various personalities of katoeys
and that the story realistically portrays the gay society and the
problems they face. He says its far better than any other Thai movie
has done so far.