“The fact is,” he said, “that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the? In half his scenes he scowls—is that a substitute for being straight?
The fact is, an actor’s background does affect how we see his or her performance—which is why the Denzels or the Tom Hanks-es of the world guard their privacy carefully.If an actor of the stature of George Clooney came out of the closet tomorrow, would we still accept him as a heterosexual leading man? Recently married Rosie O’Donnell has moved on from her 2009 divorce – and so has her ex-wife Kelli Carpenter.The revival hands the lead over to Sean Hayes, best known as the queeny Jack on Will & Grace.Hayes is among Hollywood’s best verbal slapstickers, but his sexual orientation is part of who he is, and also part of his charm.
(Just rewatch the scene where he’s wading around in a bubble bath by himself.) Lesbian actresses might have it easier—since straight men think it’s OK for them to kiss a girl and like it—but how many of them can you name?