Ruby Rhod is one of my favorite characters in sci-fi ever because he is Luc Besson’s vision of the hetero sex symbol of the future: a flamboyant, emotionally labile man who wears skin-tight leopard print or decks himself in roses, a man who accessorizes with big jewelry and dabbles in cosmetics. And the ladies love him. Everything about him screams “gay” according to our stereotypes, but he’s portrayed as a 100% straight sexual dynamo.
Besson is one of the few directors I’ve seen who actually recognizes that our ideas of sexuality and gender performance might have changed drastically in the future
err… this would be an interesting way of viewing the character, if only Ruby Rhod wasn’t based on a certain someone….
There are even rumours that Besson wrote the character for Prince to play.
I know Prince has recently said some ridiculous things, but he needs to be given more credit for how awesome he was (and still could be, if he calms the fuck down and releases some good shit).