'Jack' Sues 'Will & Grace'
But for the grace of an L.A. interior designer, claims a lawsuit, there would be no Jack character on "Will & Grace." In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, Jack Deamer claims that he initially agreed to remain silent about being portrayed on the hit NBC sitcom, reports the Associated Press and Inside.com. In exchange, say Deamer's legal papers, the show's creators, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, promised to buy him a house and car. So far, Deamer claims, he has yet to receive either. (Sean Hayes, who plays the Jack character on the show, won an Emmy last year as best supporting actor in a comedy series.) The suit says that in March 1998, Mutchnick visited Deamer and informed him that NBC had agreed to produce and air the pilot of "Will & Grace." When Deamer viewed the episode, say his legal papers, he was "chagrined, embarrassed and devastated as he realized that the 'Jack' character was a thinly veiled caricature of himself . . . but was portrayed as being flamboyantly gay, constantly over the top, promiscuous and irresponsible." Contacted by the AP, an NBC official declined comment, saying that he had not seen the lawsuit.
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