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Glee’s Ryan Murphy on Fan Backlash: I’m Not “The Darth Vader of Musical Theatre”!

If you ask us, the day that Glee creator Ryan Murphy join Twitter — July 30, 2012, in case you were wondering — should be a national holiday.

In just three short months, the Glee creator has bestowed us with more juicy on-set photos, tantalizing teases, and scoop-filled Twitter Q&As than we could have ever thought possible. But while Ryan joining Twitter has been all sorts of awesome for us, the experience hasn’t always been pleasant for the Glee creator himself.

Ryan, who is also the man behind controversial shows like Nip/Tuck, The New Normal and American Horror Story, says he is well aware that people either love him or hate him. In a new in-depth profile, he tells The Hollywood Reporter that there have been times when all the fan backlash hurt.

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“It bothered me when I first was on Twitter, because it's very disconcerting to read even three comments about yourself and two of them think you're the best thing ever and one person is literally threatening to kill you.”

Okay, hold on a second, Internet. Let’s not kill Ryan Murphy. If he’s gone, who would be there to do Glee?

Yet Glee fans are full of passion, and even a casual observer of online fan chatter will notice that Ryan is often called out by name every time the show makes a creative decision that fans aren’t particularly pleased with.

“On season three of Glee, it got too personal. It felt like an attack,” Ryan tells THR. “I was like: "Well, wait, you loved me before and I'm the same person. What happened? I'm still trying." You feel like a 4-year-old, and then you get pouty and you're just a bitch. It's not good.”

Ryan says that his decision to appear weekly on The Glee Project hasn’t exactly helped his image, either. Though he was intending to come of as “a Simon Cowell personality,” Ryan says that isn’t how things ultimately worked out.

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“I loved the show, but it was sort of soul-robbing, and I think that people thought that I was that person, the Darth Vader of musical theater,” he says.

He tells THR that he’s actually “a softy,” even if it doesn’t always come off like that on TV. “To this day, I look back on episodes, and it kills me that I had to cut those kids. I sort of wish I had done that show and not been in it.”

Moral of the story: Ryan Murphy is not Darth Vader. Though, if he was, we’re thinking that Lea Michele (Rachel) would probably be Princess Leia. And Chris Colfer (Kurt) would be Luke Skywalker. Now, who wants to be Yoda? Chord Overstreet’s (Sam) probably has the voice down already. We nominate him.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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10.25.2012 / 01:33 AM EDT by Beth Douglass
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