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Eric Stonestreet: 'People questioned gay character but not a killer'

Actor Eric Stonestreet is extremely proud of the way Modern Family has promoted the gay community.

Eric Stonestreet is very pleased that he no longer plays a bad guy on television.

The 44-year-old was cast as murderous Leo Burns in ABC drama Pushing Daisies before hitting the big-time in hit TV comedy series Modern Family in which he plays openly gay character Cameron Tucker.

During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night (30Mar16), Eric talked about the surprising way people treated him when he was first cast as Cameron back in 2009.

Eric, who is straight, said that many people were concerned with how he would be viewed if he took on the role of a gay man, yet no-one asked him whether was worried about him playing a killer on national television.

"The year leading up to Modern Family, I happened to kill three girls on network television," he told Stephen in reference to his role on Pushing Daisies. "It was a procedural drama, I was a bad guy. No one ever asked me, 'You know, what it is like playing a murderer? Are you okay with being a murderer?'" causing the audience to burst out laughing.

Eric noted that his parents were also asked by people how they felt about their son playing Cameron, who on the show is married to Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson).

"They would say, 'so what do your parents think of you playing a gay guy on TV? I said, 'my mom's happy I'm not getting cast killing people any more! Nobody ever asked, 'what do your parents think that you gouged a gal's eyes out?' Never came out," he laughed.

Eric added that he was proud of what Modern Family - which has just been picked up for an eighth season - has done for promoting acceptance and the gay community.

"I don't think we try to overstate what we've done for the gay community with Modern Family but we can't deny that we've had personal impact," he said.

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