for Attitude Magazine [April 2013]
On the constant speculation over his sexuality:
One of the things that’s very much part of my public image is the question of my sexuality. It’s not something that bothers me in the slightest. It hasn’t gone away and I get asked about it from all sides. It’s partly my doing and partly not my doing.
On playing gay:
If I’m playing a gay character, sometimes the sexuality is secondary. In the case of Allen Ginsberg (In Howl) and Hart Crane (In The Broken Tower, which he co-wrote and starred in, I was primarily interested in their artistic lives and their work. And their sexuality, because it played a part in their poems and their identities, became important for that reason. And because they were pushing boundaries of their own in their own time; in the 20s in the case of Hart Crane and in the 50s and 60s for Ginsberg. In the case of Milk, it is a very important film for gay rights and gay culture, and just as a celebration of Harvey Milk as a person, but it’s also more universal. It’s about equal rights for everyone.
On watching guys have full on sex right in front of him:
Yeah, it was fine. It was, err….. Travis really took the lead in directing those scenes. I’ve done films with artists before when the material goes beyond what I was used to in mainstream films and it felt like that. It was in line with some other artistic I’d been doing.
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