After appearing in the 2003 film School of Rock alongside Jack Black, then-child actor Brian Falduto was severely bullied for playing a character perceived to be gay.
Falduto played young fashionista Billy in the film, whose “You’re tacky and I hate you!” line is still quoted.
Brian Falduto has opened up about the homophobic bullying he experienced as a child.
He might have played one of the most beloved characters from smash hit 2003 movie School Of Rock alongside comedian Jack Black, but Brian didn’t receive any of that adoration from his classmates.
Brian Falduto, who played sassy band stylist Billy, aka Fancy Pants, in hit Jack Black comedy School of Rock has spoken out about the severe homophobic bullying he received at school after playing the role.
Brian Falduto was severely bullied after starring in School of Rock.
The actor is best known for his portrayal as the fashionista/costume designer Billy in the 2003 movie, but despite starring alongside the likes of Jack Black, Brian was subjected to series of homophobic abuse by school peers when the film was released.
“I got noticed because I stood out. And then I spent the rest of my life trying to not stand out.”
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Brian Falduto, LGBTQ advocate and founder of the ‘Love Life’ life coaching service, discusses why he felt the need to help others understand who they are, and love themselves.
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You may recognize his name because of his role as Billy aka “Fancy Pants” in the 2003 film School of Rock, starring Jack Black, but Brian Falduto has grown to be much more than the character he played when he was 11 years old.
If you watched Jack Black’s 2003 comedy “School of Rock,” you probably remember Billy.
In a pivotal scene where Black’s character, substitute teacher Mr. Finn, is urging students to “fight the man” by insulting him, Billy’s response became one of the film’s standout one-liners: “You’re tacky and I hate you.”
The sassy comment was quoted off-camera. A lot. The line became a well-traveled GIF and meme with impressive shelf life. 15 years after the film premiered, Google pretty much knows that if you’re searching “you’re tacky,” you’re likely digging for the comedic gem in some form or another.
Ahead of the film’s 15-year anniversary this fall, Brian Falduto opens up about growing up being viewed as “a young gay figurehead” and how he’s finally found peace with that.
Brian Falduto, an actor and musician best known for playing Billy (or “Fancy Pants”) in the Jack Black musical film School of Rock, opens up about his experience growing up as “the gay kid” from the film in an emotional essay for The Advocate.