Ellen Page describes meeting serial killer of gay people face to face
Published 14/03/2016 | 11:38
Hollywood star Ellen Page has revealed she was 'frightened' during a face to face meeting with a serial killer who had murdered several gay people.
Page (29), who came out in 2014 and is currently dating surfer Samantha Thomas, interviewed the Brazilian killer, 'El Grande', for the documentary series Gaycation.
The series investigates life for gay people around the world and the interview was part of the episode on Brazil, which has one of the highest murder rates of gay and transgender people in the world.
During the interview, the killer revealed he had carried out the murders while working as a policeman in Rio de Janeiro.
“We used to patrol and the only thing I didn’t like were gays. If I saw them on the way I’d run them over. I did not care what was going on. I didn’t even care for the consequences,” he told Page.
He added, “I think every pigsty must be cleaned up. So how do I do my job? By cleaning up what was dirty. For me, they are worse than animals. If they cross my path, I’ll take care of them.”
El Grande revealed that he had started to hate gay people after he found his son having sex with another man.
Page told the killer that she was gay and he replied, "You know, each to their own. I live my life and they live theirs. Now, if they cross my path, it’s a different story.”
Speaking at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, Page said she felt "frightened" during the interview but added, "You're not thinking about yourself. You're thinking about the vulnerable people who are walking the streets of Rio and might not know this man is walking right by them or he might just run them over in his car."
She added: “There can be such loneliness and isolation when you’re growing up in a society that does infuse this idea in you that you’re different or something’s wrong or you’re sinful…
"I’m privileged; I live in LA; I’ve done a job that has given me money; I can walk down the street and kiss my girlfriend. I think a lot about those more vulnerable than me.”